What is Fibromyalgia and how can exercise help?

Have you been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia? Are you experiencing chronic pain which is leaving you painfully debilitated or struggling to maintain your lifestyle and functional health?

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome which is typically characterised by persistent and chronic widespread pain and tenderness. Individuals may also experience symptoms which can disrupt your musculoskeletal function and health, with altered sleep and chronic fatigue among the more common. Symptoms such as these can usually put people off wanting to exercise, however evidence based research has shown that not only can majority of those afflicted, participate in exercise, it is also one of the most effective symptomatic management therapies for fibromyalgia.

This exercise therapy typically consists of aerobic exercise, which has shown to improve overall well-being and physical function, which goes hand in hand with resistance training with reductions in pain, tenderness and altered mood states. For eliciting the best results from exercise for those with fibromyalgia, the intensity of the training should be increased slowly, aiming for a moderate level of intensity in the programme. Many of these people have difficulty maintaining a routine exercise programme. Exercise Physiologists can aid you with the required exercise programme design to improve your fibromyalgia symptoms. If you would like further information on how the Accredited Exercise Physiologists at Absolute Balance may be able to assist you, or to book in for a consultation, contact us at info@absolutebalance.com.au.



Luke Bell (B.Sc. Exercise and Sports Science, B.Sc. Exercise Science and Rehabilitation)
Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) (ESSAM)


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