Age, Spinal, and Functional Mobility Affect Fibromyalgia Patients’ Time Spent in Activities

Age, Spinal, and Functional Mobility Affect Fibromyalgia Patients’ Time Spent in Activities
More time spent in leisure, household and work activities was related to higher age, spinal range of motion and lower functional mobility in women with fibromyalgia. The study, “The influence of balance, physical disability, strength, mechanosensitivity and spinal mobility on physical activity at home, work and leisure time in women with fibromyalgia,” was published in the journal Clinical Biomechanics. The most common symptoms of fibromyalgia include lower back pain, headaches, arthritis, muscle spasms and balance impairment. Postural control and spinal mobility are also affected in fibromyalgia, leading to a greater risk and frequency of falls. This can affect patients' independence and their ability to carry out activities of daily life. It is known that patients with fibromyalgia show higher levels of sedentary lifestyle, compromised muscle strength and reduced ability to carry out daily, work, and leisure activities, probably because of higher levels of inactivity. "In general, the knowledge of diary level of physical activity in women with FMS remains uncertain. To the best of our knowledge, the impact of FMS symptoms and health-function parameters on the physical activity in leisure and domestic tasks has not been studied yet," the researchers said. Here, the scientists investigated whether balance, strength, spinal mobility, and mechanosensitivity (the specific response to mechanical stimulation) influence physical activity in women with fibromyalgia. Thirty-four patients with fibromyalgia and 22 matched controls were included in the
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