Virtual Reality-based ‘Exergaming’ Improves Fitness of Women with Fibromyalgia, Study Finds

Virtual Reality-based ‘Exergaming’ Improves Fitness of Women with Fibromyalgia, Study Finds
Exergaming, a form of physical exercise based on virtual reality, improves the fitness of women with fibromyalgia, a study says. The findings of the study, "Effects of 24‐wk exergame intervention on physical function under single‐ and dual‐task conditions in fibromyalgia: A randomized controlled trial," were published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. Fibromyalgia is a complex condition characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and memory and mood issues. Treatment for fibromyalgia is challenging, and normally consists of a combination of pharmacological therapies — antidepressants and anticonvulsants — and non-pharmacological approaches, such as physical exercise, cognitive‐behavioral therapy, and rehabilitation programs. "Recent studies have reported the effects of rehabilitation programs based on virtual reality (VR). Thus, the use of exergames, which combines physical therapy with VR, achieves additional benefits such as distraction from pain or enjoyment," the investigators wrote. "Previous studies have evaluated the effects of exergames on balance, fear of falling and mobility skills; and on the impact of fibromyalgia, health-rel
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