What is included in exercise regimens for fibromyalgia rehabilitation?

Updated: Feb 07, 2019
  • Author: Regina P Gilliland, MD; Chief Editor: Dean H Hommer, MD  more...
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Daily aerobic and flexibility exercises may be an essential component of the fibromyalgia rehabilitation program. [5] The goal of these exercises is for the patient to exercise safely without increased pain.

An exercise regimen should include the following considerations:

  • Always start at low levels of exercise and progress slowly: Begin with gentle warm-up, flexibility exercises; progress to stretching all of the major muscle groups

  • Low-impact aerobic exercise at least 3 times weekly

  • Target exercise regimen: 4-5 times a week for at least 20-30 minutes each time; may take months to achieve

For patients who may never achieve the level of the target exercise regimen, encourage them to exercise at the highest level possible without worsening their symptoms. [6]


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