Muscle Stretching Benefits Health in Fibromyalgia Patients

Muscle Stretching Benefits Health in Fibromyalgia Patients
In a recent review study entitled “Effects of muscle stretching exercises in the treatment of fibromyalgia: a systematic review,” researchers review and summarize scientific reports on the impact of muscle stretching exercises, and highlight the positive impact in both physical and mental qualities of fibromyalgia patients. The review was published in the journal Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia. Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder affecting mostly women (with ages between 30 and 55 years old) and is characterized by constant musculoskeletal pain throughout the body, severely affecting patients’ daily quality of life and normal functioning. Muscular pain treatments for FM patients are based on a holistic approach and include the use of medicines but also physiotherapy and muscle stretching exercises. Here, the authors reviewed scientific reports on the role of muscle stretching exercises as an add-on treatment for fibromyalgia patients and to identify which stretching features, including stretching type, frequency and intensity are most beneficial to patients. To this end, the team performed a retrospective study and reviewed reports on stretching exercises and fibromyalgia across several databases, including MEDLINE, LILACS, SciELO and PEDro and PubMed. The authors searched for relevant terms in English, Portuguese and Spanish, limiting exclusion of relevant reports due to a language barriers. Clinical trials where patients enrolled were diagnosed with fibromyalgia and muscle stretching used as therapeutics were also analyzed. The team retrieved from the databases 6,794 studies based on the topics of search but the previously determined eligibility criteria established by the authors allowed only for the analysis of four studies. The main source studies ar
Subscribe or to access all post and page content.