For years Fibromyalgia and chronic pain were topics that were often brushed under the rug. It was not understood and therefore brushed off easily without regard for hundreds of thousands of symptomatic people. The current medical model is now coming around to understanding and validating these diseases and more and more research articles are coming forth and showing that exercise is a valuable option to discuss with your physician. A pilot study done by Pain Medicine showed that in a study of 26 women diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, those who participated in a 12 week home exercise program for 30 minutes daily at 80% of max heart rate showed improvement in pain rating and VO2 max. A weak trend was also shown for a decrease in depression for those who participated. This was a preliminary study, so there is more research needed, but isn’t it nice to know that there are options where once there was nothing?
This prevention article has some great exercises to check out and discuss with your physician.
Harden, R., Song, S., Fasen, J., Saltz, S. L., Nampiaparampil, D., Vo, A., & Revivo, G. (2012). Home-Based Aerobic Conditioning for Management of Symptoms of Fibromyalgia: A Pilot Study. Pain Medicine, 13(6), 835-842. doi:10.1111/j.1526-4637.2012.01384.x