My fibromyalgia comments:
DO NOT engage strength training if you have chronic myofascial pain in addition to fibromyalgia.
You will regret it by being in severe pain. We recommend gentle exercise instead such as walking.
But we do acknowledge that everyone is different. So if you feel that weight training may be right
for you, we display the article below. According to it, weight training helps if you want to reduce
depression and fatigue.
Weight Training Benefits Fibromyalgia Patients
Patients with fibromyalgia can boost their strength and improve certain parameters
with weight-bearing exercise, researchers from Finland have demonstrated.
Women with fibromyalgia completed a 21-week strength training program and it was found
to reduce their levels of depression and fatigue, but pain levels did not change.
Researchers divided 21 women with fibromyalgia into two groups.
Eleven women went through the strength training program and 10 received no special care.
An additional 12 healthy women went through the weight training program as "control" subjects.
About 90% of people with fibromyalgia are women.
Currently, it is standard treatment to use light exercise or physical therapy, along with medication
and psychological therapy, as part of a comprehensive plan for treating fibromyalgia. While no
studies have found that exercise improves pain, it has been shown to help patients function better,
improve mood, and reduce fatigue.
Annals of Rheumatic Disease 2001; 60: 21-26
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