At-home Breathing Exercises Are as Safe, Effective in FM as Classes, Study Says

At-home Breathing Exercises Are as Safe, Effective in FM as Classes, Study Says
Doing regular breathing exercises at home is as safe and effective for relieving fibromyalgia (FM) pain and reducing the disease's impact on daily life as doing the same exercises in supervised sessions, a study shows. However, when considering at-home practice, it is important to provide training and guidance, such as a through a DVD, and regularly check compliance to ensure patients keep exercising. The findings, "Non-supervised breathing exercise regimen in women with fibromyalgia: A quasi-experimental exploratory study," were published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. Current guidelines by the European League Against Rheumatism state that the only "strong for" therapy-based recommendation for FM is exercise, given its effect on pain, physical function, and well-being, as well as its availability, relatively low cost, and safety. The benefits of breathing exercises have been evaluated in the context of meditative movement therapies, such as tai chi, qigong, or multi-exercise programs, performed under supervision. These activities were shown to alleviate the pain of FM and improve patients' physical and mental health and quality of life. Some studies provide evidence that home-based exercises, as long as they have been checked by a specialist, are as useful to combat pain and other FM symptoms. Instead of having to attend a class or individual session, learning the exercises with a specialist and then doing them at home could be more practical and comfortable for patients. A team led by researchers at Portugal's University of Évora sought to understand whether a non-supervised, at-home program of breathing exercises offers the same benefits in pain alleviation and FM impact as a supervised regimen. Forty-three
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