Fibromyalgia and Exercise
Can Water Therapy Help People With Fibromyalgia?
Yes. If you have fibromyalgia, water therapy can give you good results.
Water therapy strengthens and conditions as you move your body against the
water. Water supports your weight during movement, which helps alleviate any
impact on muscles and joints.
The water alleviates the force of gravity and provides buoyancy as well as
mild resistance. Whether stretching in the water, using a kickboard as a
floatation device as you push and kick, or swimming using slow, gentle strokes,
water therapy can provide a gentle form of conditioning. That makes it quite
beneficial for people with fibromyalgia.
How Can I Get Started Exercising With Fibromyalgia?
If you have fibromyalgia and want to start exercising, it's important to
start slowly. Begin with stretching exercises and gentle, low-impact activity,
such as walking, swimming, or bicycling. Muscle soreness is normal when you are
just starting an exercise regimen. But if you have sharp pain, stop and call
your doctor. You may have overworked or injured your muscles.
Are There Exercises to Avoid With Fibromyalgia?
There are no particular exercises to avoid if you have fibromyalgia. Aerobic
exercise (running, jogging), weight
training, water exercise, and flexibility exercises can all help. Golf,
tennis, hiking, and other recreational activities are also healthful. If you
have other medical problems or if you're planning more than a
moderate-intensity exercise program, discuss your plan with your doctor before