Could Fibromyalgia and Resistance Exercise Be a Match After All? Researcher Says Yes

Could Fibromyalgia and Resistance Exercise Be a Match After All? Researcher Says Yes
Fibromyalgia and resistance exercise have often been considered an impossible combination; however, with proper adjustments, it could actually help female patients achieve considerable health improvements, a Swedish researcher reports in her dissertation. The work is titled "Muscle strength and resistance exercise in women with fibromyalgia — a person-centered approach," defended and approved this month. As part of her doctoral investigations carried out at Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, Anette Larsson studied 130 women ages 20-65 with fibromyalgia, a disease that affects women more than men. About half of the women in her study (67) were randomly selected to undergo a program of person-centered, progressive resistance exercise led by a physical therapist. The remaining 63 women were assigned to a control group and underwent more traditional therapy approaches with relaxation exercises. The study lasted 15 weeks and sessions of training and exercise were held twice a week. “If the goal for these women is to improve their strength, then they shouldn’t be afraid to exercise, but they need to exercise the right way," Larsson said in a University of Gothenburg news story by Margareta Gustafsson Kubista. "It has long been said that they will only experience more pain as a result of resistance exercise and that it doesn’t work. But in fact, it does,” Larsson added. Resistance exercises are designed to get the muscles to contract against an external resistance with the expectation of an increase in strength, tone, muscle mass and/or endurance. The external resistance can be dumbbells, rubber exercise tubing, your own body weight, bricks and bottles of water, or any other object that causes the muscles to c
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