Aquatic Aerobic Exercise Offers Therapeutic Benefits to Fibromyalgia Patients

Aquatic Aerobic Exercise Offers Therapeutic Benefits to Fibromyalgia Patients
Researchers at Cukurova University, Turkey recently revealed that aquatic aerobic exercise offers clinical benefits to patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). The study was published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science and is entitled “The effects of aquatic, isometric strength-stretching and aerobic exercise on physical and psychological parameters of female patients with fibromyalgia syndrome”. FMS, or simply fibromyalgia, is a medical disorder characterized by a set of symptoms that includes widespread chronic musculoskeletal pain, incapacitating fatigue, stiffness and numbness in certain parts of the body, painful response to pressure, headaches, unrefreshing sleep (poor sleep quality), anxiety or depression and mood alterations. Fibromyalgia can affect people’s ability to conduct simple daily tasks, compromising their quality of life. It is estimated that 5 to 15 million Americans are affected by this disorder, especially women. FMS patients have a lower muscular strength, endurance and fitness levels in comparison to healthy individuals. In order to improve these parameters and reduce pain, there are several therapeutic modalities. Studies have shown that low intensity physical activity and exercise, such as walking, jogging, cycling, stretching and swimming have a positive impact in patients with chronic pain and FMS. Exercise increases FMS patient’s fitness levels, reduces the spread of pain and tenderness, reduces depression levels and improves the qual
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