Fibromyalgia and Exercise
Pain is a classic symptom for fibromyalgia. Exercise has been proven to help ease the fibro pain but when you are in pain, it is hard to do or even think about doing any exercise. However, the fact remains that exercise will actually help reduce this pain over time so it makes sense to try this natural treatment for fibro pain.
Now you don’t have to run a marathon to get back into the swing of life but you do need to be consistent as much as you can and do some type of activity. Always start off slowly and pace yourself. You can ask your physical therapist for advice for certain exercises. Here are some common types of exercise that help with fibromyalgia pain. One of them may prove to be just the ticket for you.
Swimming is great for those who have osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, or any musculoskeletal or joint issues where impact of any kind may aggravate an underlying problem. The reason for this is that your body does not feel gravity when swimming and doing other water exercises. With no impact on joints, swimming and water aerobics keep joints limber without jolting them. This type of exercise would be my #1 choice if you have access to a pool.
Walking is a low-impact exercise that you can do just about anywhere with benefits for you if you have the physical capability. Many people use the mall, park, or just their neighborhood for this method. Personally, I like walking. It is a great way to get outside, see different things, enjoy nature (if you live close to a natural setting), and breathe the fresh air. It is also easy to do. No special gear is required except a good pair of walking shoes. Also, you can do this exercise any time of the year. This would be a #2 choice exercise to start any exercise routine.
Yoga offers not only great stretching and movement exercises but it has a great breathing component that also helps ease chronic pain. However, since yoga involves some extreme poses, be careful to only do those poses that are within your range of motion unless you are in very good condition. You don’t want to overdo or you will have more pain than you bargained for. Even those who are bed-ridden could simply start with certain breathing exercises and focus on different body parts, integrating this into either active or passive movements.
This type of exercise is good for the young and old alike. It originated in China and, like yoga, it focuses on mindfulness. It is a wonderful exercise that incorporated both mind and body and anyone can do it that can move at least a little bit. It has been found that twice-weekly sessions of tai chi reduced pain, stiffness, and fatigue in fibromyalgia patients. It also helps with building strength, endurance, and balance.
There are other exercises that may be beneficial for your fibro pain symptoms but these four are the top of the list. Try one or more of these exercises with the consent of your doctor and watch your pain symptoms ease up and your body slim down over time.