What are the benefits of exercise in patients with fibromyalgia?

Updated: Nov 14, 2018
  • Author: Chad S Boomershine, MD, PhD, CPI, CPT; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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The benefits of exercise for patients with fibromyalgia include improvement in subjective and objective measures of pain and in an overall sense of well-being. [110, 122, 123]

In a randomized controlled trial, Munguía-Izquierdo and Legaz-Arrese found that unfit women with severe fibromyalgia symptoms benefitted from aquatic therapy (in a warm pool) 3 times per week for 16 weeks. This approach also resulted in greatly improved adherence to exercise in the study participants. [124]


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