Systematic Review Reveals Muscle Stretching Exercises Seem to Improve Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Systematic Review Reveals Muscle Stretching Exercises Seem to Improve Fibromyalgia Symptoms
A recent review on the treatment of fibromyalgia entitled ”Effects of muscle stretching exercises in the treatment of fibromyalgia: a systematic review” was published in Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia by Suélem Barros de Lorena from the Post-Graduate Program in Health Sciences at Universidade Federal de Pernambuco in Brazil, along with colleagues. In this review, the authors performed a systematic literature review about the use of muscle stretching exercises in the treatment of fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia (FM) occurs approximately in 2% to 8% of the population, mainly in women with ages between 30 and 55 years old. FM is characterized by a chronic, widespread musculoskeletal pain, and is normally accompanied by fatigue, memory problems, and sleep disturbances and ultimately with quality of life. Fibromyalgia (FM) has been described as a heterogeneous condition with differences in biological variables including elevated sedimentation rate (ESR), cytokine profile, and hormone levels. The diagnosis of FM is mainly clinical and specific biomarkers for this condition have until now not been identified. The authors performed a retrospective research with no chronological and linguistic limits using the MEDLINE, LILACS, SciELO and PEDro databases as well as at PubMed search tool. In this systematic literature review, the researchers only included patients with a clinical diagnosis of fibromyalgia and muscle stretching exercises as a treatment strategy in at least one of the experimental groups. The studies analyzed were evaluated for the quality of the used methods using PEDro scale. The authors observed a higher concentration of studies in the 2000s and only one publication in 1986. Notably, all studies were performed in countries from North American and S
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