Long-Term, Regular Exercise Helps Quality of Life for Women With Fibromyalgia, Study Says

Long-Term, Regular Exercise Helps Quality of Life for Women With Fibromyalgia, Study Says
Regular, moderate to intense physical activity has long‐term benefits as far as fitness, pain relief, disease burden, and quality of life for women with fibromyalgia, a study found. The study, “Effects of a functional training programme in patients with Fibromyalgia: A 9‐years prospective longitudinal cohort study,” was published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. People with fibromyalgia have functional capacity levels similar to those of very old people, and often have trouble carrying out everyday activities, such as walking and lifting objects. Pain management often revolves around pharmacological therapy, as well as non-pharmacological treatments such as educational programs and physical exercise. Studies have shown that exercise improves physical fitness, health, and quality of life for people with fibromyalgia. However, those that focused on assessing the impact of physical exercise in fibromyalgia have only evaluated short-term outcomes. Researchers in Spain and Denmark conducted a study to investigate the long-term effects of a physical training regimen on pain, fitness, and quality of life of patients with fibromyalgia. A total of 40 women with fibromyalgia participated in the study. Twenty-four were assigned an exercise program, while the remaining 16 served as a control group. Those in the active group regularly and uninterruptedly engaged in physical activity through an exercise program — consisting of two weekly sessions of in-water exerci
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