Breathing Exercises Have Positive Effect in FM Patients, Study Shows

Breathing Exercises Have Positive Effect in FM Patients, Study Shows
Breathing exercises can improve pain tolerance and quality of life in fibromyalgia patients, a study has found. Fibromyalgia (FM) often is diagnosed based on complaints of pain in tender spots of the body, including the elbows, upper chest, knees and the front and back of the neck. Its symptoms can be aggravated by respiratory disorders, with respiratory muscle weakness being associated with exhaustion and decreased physical condition and functionality in daily activities. So, it is important to consider strategies to improve respiratory muscle weakness. Exercises have been shown to improve respiratory muscle weakness and benefit patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. However, there has been little work on the effect of respiratory exercise on FM patients. A study, "Breathing Exercises Must Be a Real and Effective Intervention to Consider in Women with Fibromyalgia: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial" which was published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, aimed to investigate the effect of breathing training on the improvement of respiratory muscle function on pain and quality of life in FM patients. The study (ISRCTN37081460) involved 35 women who had been diagnosed with FM based on American College of Rheumatology criteria. Patients were s
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