What is the role of physical exercise in the management of fibromyalgia?

Updated: Nov 14, 2018
  • Author: Chad S Boomershine, MD, PhD, CPI, CPT; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Because many patients with chronic pain fear that activity will worsen their pain and fatigue, they become deconditioned. In fact, limitations on activity, including work release, should generally be avoided. Graded aerobic exercise (eg, low-impact aerobics, walking, water aerobics, stationary bicycle) is an integral part of optimum treatment in patients with fibromyalgia.

However, exercise programs should start gently and progress gradually to endurance and strength training. Patients should avoid prolonged, overly strenuous physical exercise before reconditioning is established.


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