Fibromyalgia Patients Find Pain Relief, Better Quality of Life by Swimming

Fibromyalgia Patients Find Pain Relief, Better Quality of Life by Swimming
Brazilian researchers have determined that swimming is as effective as walking to relieve pain and improve quality of life for fibromyalgia patients. The study “Swimming Improves Pain and Functional Capacity of Patients With Fibromyalgia: A Randomized Controlled Trial,” was published in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. "Physical exercise is an essential component of any treatment for fibromyalgia, and plenty of studies have demonstrated that low-impact aerobic exercise offers the most benefits. However, not everyone likes or is able to do the same kind of physical activity, so our group decided to test alternatives," Jamil Natour, a professor of rheumatology at the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), said in a news release. In a 2003 study, Natour's research team found that walking was better than stretching for reducing pain, improving depression and other emotional features, and enhancing cardiorespiratory fitness in fibromyalgia patients. In 2006, the same team found that deep-water running was also effective for patients with the condition. "Swimming hadn't been evaluated with pro
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