Fibromyalgia Exercise Program Shows Effectiveness in Balance Training

Fibromyalgia Exercise Program Shows Effectiveness in Balance Training
In a recent study titled “A New Approach in Fibromyalgia Exercise Program: A Preliminary Study Regarding the Effectiveness of Balance Training”, published in the journal Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a team of researchers from Turkey was able to show that a six-week balance training program had a beneficial effect on the static balance and functional levels of patients with Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS). Results from the study also showed that depression deterioration was related to balance deficit and fall risk, and a higher body mass index (BMI) was associated with the balance deficit and fall frequency. Fibromyalgia syndrome is a rheumatological disorder with clinical features such as widespread pain, fatigue, cognitive symptoms, and nonrestorative sleep. A variety of neurological signs and symptoms, for example dizziness, vertigo, tingling, and burning, have been associated with FMS and consequently with balance problems and increased fall frequency. As such, daily living activities of those suffering from FMS are significantly decreased due to balance deficit and inactivity. Patients with FMS experience a reduction in cognitive functions and various pathological conditions, such as depression, headaches, and variable bowel habits may occur concomitantly. Therefore, symptom-based treatment methods lead to polypharmacy, which combined with cognitive impairment may also facilitate the balance deficit and falling in patients wi
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