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How do strengthening exercises help people with fibromyalgia?

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These exercises help to build strong muscles and tendons needed to support your joints. Some studies show that strengthening exercises may improve fibromyalgia symptoms. Be careful not to hurt yourself when doing strengthening exercises. A personal trainer or fitness expert can explain how to use resistance, starting slowly and increasing as you build your strength.

From: Fibromyalgia and Exercise WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Fibromyalgia Network: "Treatment Studies." Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: Treatment Options." American Academy of Family Physicians: "Fibromyalgia and Exercise." McIlwain, H, MD, and Bruce, D, PhD. Holt, 2007.



The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

National Institutes of Health.

UpToDate.

Carson, J. , November 2010. Pain

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 02, 2018

SOURCES: Fibromyalgia Network: "Treatment Studies." Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: Treatment Options." American Academy of Family Physicians: "Fibromyalgia and Exercise." McIlwain, H, MD, and Bruce, D, PhD. Holt, 2007.



The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

National Institutes of Health.

UpToDate.

Carson, J. , November 2010. Pain

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 02, 2018

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