Low-intensity Exercise Seen to Help Women With Fibromyalgia Mentally, Physically

Low-intensity Exercise Seen to Help Women With Fibromyalgia Mentally, Physically
Low-intensity exercise eases multiple psychological symptoms — including pain catastrophizing, stress, anxiety, and depression — and improves life quality for women with fibromyalgia, results of an eight-week clinical trial suggest. The study, "Low-Intensity Physical Exercise Improves Pain Catastrophizing and Other Psychological and Physical Aspects in Women with Fibromyalgia: A Randomized Controlled Trial," was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Physical exercise has received substantial attention as an alternative to medications for easing fibromyalgia-associated pain and improving quality of life. Still, it remains unclear what kind of exercise is most beneficial for these people. The effects of exercise on psychological symptoms — rather than fatigue or pain — are also incompletely understood. Researchers in Spain and Russia recruited 32 women with fibromyalgia, who were randomly divided into two groups of 16.The physical exercise group underwent an eight-week exercise intervention that involved two 60-minute sessions each week of aerobic and resistance exercises designed to improve coordination and endurance. Those in the control group were instructed to continue with life as usual. Both groups were similar in terms of age, weight, height, and reported pain levels; all patients continued on their regular medications. Mean age in the physical exercise group was 55.1. Before and after the intervention, both groups underwent a battery of assessments. Based on results from previous studies, the researchers were especially interested in the effects of exercise on pain catastrophizing — the tendency to report more extreme pain, to perseverate on pain, and to feel more helpless in response to p
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