Exercise Programs for Fibromyalgia Management Have Low Therapeutic Effectiveness, Study Suggests

Exercise Programs for Fibromyalgia Management Have Low Therapeutic Effectiveness, Study Suggests
The therapeutic effectiveness of exercise intervention programs for the treatment of fibromyalgia is low, a study suggests. The study, “Therapeutic validity of exercise interventions in the management of fibromyalgia,” was published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. Fibromyalgia patients often experience significant disability, which leads to less ability to carry out everyday activities. Several non-pharmacological therapies, such as exercise, have been shown to be effective in managing fibromyalgia pain. In particular, exercise therapy, widely used in clinical practice, has several advantages, namely in that it's economical and easy to access. However, while the benefits of exercise have been well-documented in patients with fibromyalgia, the optimal exercise regimen for this patient population remains unclear. One of the issues with determining the best exercise regimen for these patients is that different clinical trials have used a wide variety of exercise programs, including differences in the type of exercise, intensity, frequency, program duration, and other factors. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) guidelines for exercise testing and prescription have outlined specific recommendations to consider when designing exercise interventions in clinical trials of fibromyalgia patients. Therapeutic validity, which is defined as the “potential effectiveness of a specific intervention given to a potential target group of patients,” can help determine the lik
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