My fibromyalgia comments:
In a different strength training article, we commented that you should only do strength training
if you DO NOT have chronic myofascial pain. Strength training would be painful if you have CMP.
The other article stated that a study showed that strength training helped with fatigue and depression,
but not with pain. So from this article below, one would surmize that it is aerobic activity that helps
Strength Training and Aerobic Activity May help Fibromyalgia
An exercise plan that includes strength training and aerobic activity may help women with
the painful disorder fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition marked by widespread muscular and joint pain, as well
as specific "tender" points that typically occur in the neck, spine, hips and shoulders.
Other symptoms include sleep disturbances and fatigue, depression and irritable bowel
syndrome. The condition is seen most often in women of reproductive age.
There is evidence that exercise can help alleviate symptoms. But most of this research has
focused on aerobic exercise to boost cardiovascular conditioning, to the exclusion of strength
This is in part due to concerns that strength conditioning could exacerbate fibromyalgia
symptoms or cause injury.
Harvard researchers studied women who completed a 20-week exercise program showed that a
mixture of aerobic activity and strength conditioning can in fact improve fibromyalgia symptoms.
The investigators had the women go through a progressive regimen that started with pool
exercises to improve their joint movement, then moved on to walking and strengthening exercises
with hand weights, machines and the body's own resistance.
After 20 weeks, the women's muscle strength and endurance improved overall -- as did their
symptoms of pain, stiffness, fatigue and depression, the researchers report.
These findings demonstrate that an exercise program that includes strength training activities
can be safe, feasible, and beneficial for persons with fibromyalgia syndrome.
Arthritis Care and Research 2002;47:22-28
Review strength training as a fibromyalgia treatment
Review walking as a fibromyalgia treatment
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