Different Types of Exercise Affect Different Components of Fibromyalgia, Study Shows

Different Types of Exercise Affect Different Components of Fibromyalgia, Study Shows
Different types of exercise offer different fibromyalgia benefits, a Brazilian study shows. Stretching improves patients' physical functioning and quality of life, while resistance training helps combat depression, researchers said. They reporting the findings in the European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. The article was titled “Muscle stretching exercises and resistance training in fibromyalgia: which is better? A three-arm randomized controlled trial.” Fibromyalgia is a complex disorder characterized by chronic pain, sleep disturbance, and fatigue. Despite a lot of effort, scientists have yet to develop an effective treatment. The therapies available at the moment can only help patients manage their pain and improve their quality of life. Because movement can increase fibromyalgia's pain, many patients develop an inactive lifestyle. But in the long run, this can lead to both physical injury and emotional distress. Exercise can benefit fibromyalgia patients, studies since the 1970s have shown. A key question last unanswered was the benefits of specific types of exercise. Researchers at the University of São Paulo wanted to see how stretching and resistance training could help fibromyalgia patients. The study covered 44 women, aged 30 to 55. Researchers randomly assigned them to a stretching group, a resistance training group, or a control group. The stretching group went through a 12-week supervised training program. Twice a week they would take 40-minute stretching sessions without a therapist's assistance. The trainers increa
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