Women with Fibromyalgia Have Impaired Trunk Posture, Study Shows

Women with Fibromyalgia Have Impaired Trunk Posture, Study Shows
Women with fibromyalgia have altered trunk posture and are unable to maintain trunk position, a Spanish study shows. The research, titled “Impaired Trunk Posture In Women With Fibromyalgia,” appeared in the journal Spine. The symptoms of fibromyalgia, including chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain, joint stiffness, chronic fatigue, and altered postural control, combined with a sedentary lifestyle, contribute to poor static posture in these patients. Past studies have explored the link between altered trunk posture and the onset of fibromyalgia. Specifically, research has shown that patients with fibromyalgia have a higher percentage of spinal positional alterations, namely hyperkyphosis, commonly referred to as hunchback, and forward-pitched posture. Although fibromyalgia is normally characterized using questionnaires or scales, trunk posture can be assessed with objective tools. Evaluating a person’s trunk posture could help doctors design more appropriate therapeutic strategies, the study's authors said. Also, treating postural disorders could ease muscular and articular rigidity of the spine, which would limit pain and improve patients’ ability for daily and work activities. The research team compared the postures of 118 women with fibromyalgia with 110 healthy controls to determine whether posture assessment could help characterize the condition. Scientists also evaluated the impact of sedentary behavior on trunk posture. Researchers assessed the participants’ thoracic kyphosis (curvature), forward head position, and shoulder position. Also, they ev
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  1. Dana Buck says:

    I do find this observation to be interesting, and I can see that there could be some truth to the observation. I know that my sitting (and walking) posture is definitely not what one would consider optimal, and experience substantial increase in my fibromyalgia pain when doing chores such as washing dishes because of the way I stand.

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