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
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