It is often assumed that exercise is not good for fibromyalgia patients because of the pain that occurs with the syndrome. In truth, exercise should be a part of self care in fibromyalgia because it is one of the best ways to relieve the discomfort associated with the condition. Studies have shown that range of motion, strengthening, and aerobic conditioning exercises are safe and may help improve symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Regular exercise has a number of benefits. Exercise keeps muscles strong and flexible, and it also allows fibromyalgia patients to have some control over their condition as well as the amount of pain they feel. Research show that exercise helps restore the body's neurochemical balance, thereby promoting a positive emotional state. Regular exercise slow down stress hormones and boosts levels of chemicals that reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
There are many types of exercise and activities offer help for fibromyalgia. Like other rheumatoid conditions, low-impact activities such as water exercises, walking or swimming, are encouraged in fibromyalgia patients. It its recommended that the exercise program should start slowly because at first exercise may worsen the pain. Some muscle soreness is normal when a person is starting to exercise, however, sharp pain may indicate that the muscles are overworked or injured.
Improved fitness and function can be achieved by engaging in simple exercises regularly. Patients who have not been active should consult their doctors before starting an exercise program. Below are some of the exercises and activities that are safe for fibromyalgia patients:Treatments include:
Effect of Water Exercises on Fibromyalgia
Water is a conducive environment for a fibromyalgia exercise program. Water exercise improves flexibility and strength in an environment that reduces the discomfort that accompanies fibromyalgia....
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Effect of Walking on Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia patients should aim to include walking as a part of their daily routine. Over time, walking significantly increases energy levels, improves sleep, and allows fibromyalgia sufferers to...
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Effect of Yoga on Fibromyalgia
Stretching joints and muscles to their limits combined with relaxing breathing techniques will help reduce strain on muscles and joints. For this reason, yoga can be effective at helping to treat the...
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Effect of Reducing Chemical Sensitivities on Fibromyalgia
Chemicals can be extremely useful substances in our daily lives, but are also extremely toxic. Continual exposure, even in very small doses, to chemicals might well contribute, if not wholly cause the...
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Effect of Acupuncture on Fibromyalgia
Since acupuncture treatments are highly individualized depending on each person's specific symptoms, it can be really useful for fibromyalgia suffers to consider doing acupuncture. Acupuncturists can...
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