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How can exercise help fibromyalgia symptoms?

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Exercise is an important part of managing fibromyalgia symptoms. Staying physically active can relieve pain, stress, and anxiety.

The key is to start slowly. Begin with stretching and low-impact activities, such as walking, swimming or other water exercises, or bicycling. Low-impact aerobic exercises such as yoga, tai chi, or Pilates can also be helpful. If you want to increase the intensity of your exercise, talk with your doctor.

Whatever exercise you choose, focus on three areas: range of motion, aerobic, and strength training.

SOURCES:

Mease, P. , Spring 2008; vol 18: pp 26-35. The Pain Practitioner

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Fibromyalgia and CAM: At a Glance.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Fibromyalgia.”

WebMD Medical Reference: “What is Fibromyalgia?;” “Fibromyalgia Medications;” “Fibromyalgia and Exercise;" “Fibromyalgia Treatments;” “Fibromyalgia and Alternative Treatments;” and “Herbs and Supplements for Fibromyalgia.”

National Fibromyalgia Association.  

WebMD Health News: "A Blood Test for Fibromyalgia?"

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 27, 2019

SOURCES:

Mease, P. , Spring 2008; vol 18: pp 26-35. The Pain Practitioner

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Fibromyalgia and CAM: At a Glance.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Fibromyalgia.”

WebMD Medical Reference: “What is Fibromyalgia?;” “Fibromyalgia Medications;” “Fibromyalgia and Exercise;" “Fibromyalgia Treatments;” “Fibromyalgia and Alternative Treatments;” and “Herbs and Supplements for Fibromyalgia.”

National Fibromyalgia Association.  

WebMD Health News: "A Blood Test for Fibromyalgia?"

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 27, 2019

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