Exercising with Video Games Eases Impact of Fibromyalgia, Trial Shows

Exercising with Video Games Eases Impact of Fibromyalgia, Trial Shows
Playing video games that require rigorous physical exercise is significantly better for women with fibromyalgia than stretching only, the results of a clinical trial suggest. The more strenuous workout the games provide was found to improve exercise capacity and cardiovascular function while reducing pain and fatigue. Overall, the benefits lead to a lower impact of fibromyalgia on the patients' daily lives       . The results of the study, "Effects of Exergames in Women with Fibromyalgia: A Randomized Controlled Study," were published in the Games for Health Journal. Exercise has long been recommended for the management of fibromyalgia, as it has been shown to improve physical function and overall quality of life. Patients usually are encouraged to perform low-impact aerobic activities, such as walking or swimming, water-based aerobics, yoga, and stretching. However, recent studies have suggested that playing exergames also might be beneficial. Exergames are video games that require participants to exercise or be physically active, and usually include full-body motion. These games have been described as lowering pain and decreasing overall severity of symptoms, and have been seen, in women with fibromyalgia, to improve health status, mobility, balance, and the ability to perform daily activities. However, it is still unclear whether exergames are as good as other f
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