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What are low-impact exercises that help develop flexibility and ease stress in people with fibromyalgia?

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  • Yoga -- it can ease stress and relieve muscle tension or pain by improving range of motion and strength. It may help you reduce stress and the risk of injury at work or at home.
  • Tai chi -- a series of flowing movements that can build your sense of balance. With fibromyalgia, it can help keep your back flexible and strong.
  • Pilates -- a form of exercise that focuses on breathing and strengthening the torso muscles. An instructor will help you work on postural muscles that are key for spine support.

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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