Muscle Stretching Benefits Health in Fibromyalgia Patients

Muscle Stretching Benefits Health in Fibromyalgia Patients
shutterstock_243574366In 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 exerc
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