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Why is exercise important for people with fibromyalgia?

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Experts believe that exercise is key for keeping muscles strong and flexible, controlling weight, and helping you stay active. In fact, exercise and activity allow people to have some control over fibromyalgia and the amount of pain they feel.

Doctors use to think that exercise might make fibromyalgia symptoms worse. So they encouraged patients to seek rest, not activity. But recent studies have shown that, for most people range of motion, strengthening, and aerobic exercises are safe and necessary.

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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