Researcher Provides Resistance Training Recommendations For Fibromyalgia Patients

Researcher Provides Resistance Training Recommendations For Fibromyalgia Patients
In a recent editorial published in the journal Arthritis, Research & Therapy, Kim D. Jones from the Oregon Health & Science University, School of Nursing  discussed the growing body of evidence that is challenging the assumption that resistance (strength) training worsens muscle pain in patients with fibromyalgia (FM), a condition that affects about 5 million Americans 18 or older, particularly women. Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes muscle pain and fatigue. People suffering from this condition have "tender points" in their body, specific places on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs that hurt when pressure is put on them. People with fibromyalgia may also have other symptoms, such as trouble sleeping, morning stiffness, headaches, painful menstrual periods, tingling or numbness in hands and feet and problems with thinking and memory. During resistance training, progressive resistance is used to improve endurance, muscle strength, power, or all. Resistance can be manipulated with free or machine weights, elastic tubing, bands, or with one’s own body weight. Resistance training builds muscle mass and strength and produces improvements in agility, balance and coordination. In the editorial entitled “Recommendations for resistance training in patients with fibromyalgia”, the author discussed the results of various recent studies that found that when resistance training is tailored to individual needs, people with FM can ob
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