Exercise for Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread muscle pain and tenderness. It is often followed by fatigue and poor sleep, memory, and mood. When you have fibromyalgia, the last thing you probably want to do is exercise your pain-riddled body. However, exercise might be exactly what you need to help relieve symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. Our practice believes that adjustments and chiropractic massage can help relieve symptoms, but we also want to stress that exercise is key. Whether it be daily walks, swimming, yoga, stretching, or pilates, these activities not only help you stay fit but reduce your pain as well.
With the added effects of chiropractic treatment, you will experience increased energy levels, better circulation, and a stronger immune system. Exercise is the next step towards managing your fibromyalgia symptoms. After a full examination by your trusted chiropractor, a better understanding of your daily symptoms will help move you forward with the proper treatment.
It is essential for fibromyalgia patients to keep their muscles strong and flexible. Exercise allows you to do just that, while also controlling your weight. The following list expresses just some of the benefits of exercising:
- Higher range of motion in painful muscles and joints
- Improved quality of sleep
- Increased energy
- Stronger muscles and bones
- Pain relief
There are three different types of exercise patients should consider:
- Stretching exercises. Stretching will help maintain your muscle flexibility and strength.
- Aerobic/endurance exercises. Recent studies show that aerobic exercise is the most beneficial to fibromyalgia patients. This includes cardiovascular forms of exercise like biking, swimming, and walking.
- Strengthening exercises. These help you maintain and continue to build strong tendons and muscles that will support your joints.
Though exercise is beneficial for fibromyalgia, it is crucial to start off slowly. Begin with low-impact activities in order to not overwork or injure your muscles. Speak to your chiropractor about the duration of your workouts. On average, patients should be working out two to three times a week, between twenty to thirty minutes a session.
If you or someone you know has fibromyalgia and is struggling with the symptoms on a daily basis, contact our office today. We will perform a full examination and get you started on a treatment plan unique to your needs. You don’t have to suffer through your fibromyalgia. There are ways to manage your pain, and we can help you with that!