Fibromyalgia Patients Should Do Therapeutic Exercises to Improve Functional Performance, Study Says

Fibromyalgia Patients Should Do Therapeutic Exercises to Improve Functional Performance, Study Says
Women with fibromyalgia (FM) show lower functional performance compared with healthy individuals of the same age and physical activity level, a study suggests. These results indicate the important of therapeutic exercises of different modalities for FM patients, the researchers said. In addition, the investigators said such functionality should be evaluated using functional tests rather than isokinetic dynamometry. The study, titled “Comparison of functional and isokinetic performance between healthy women and women with fibromyalgia,” was published in the Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies. Fibromyalgia is a condition that predominantly affects women and is characterized by chronic pain. Several studies suggest that physical exercise can help improve pain, general function, and quality of life among people with the disorder. However, the fact that fibromyalgia patients experience chronic pain leads to great difficulty in initiating and maintaining a physical exercise program. Further, those with the disorder tend to have decreased in muscle strength — a prime component of physical fitness — which leads to a reduction in functional performance. Therefore, the researchers said, it is necessary to perform a complete and reliable physical evaluation so as to help physicians understand the degree of functional performance and prescribe appropriate exercise programs
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