Treatment of Fibromyalgia
Recent studies have shown that people can get a sustained benefit by participating in an aerobic exercise program. Aerobic exercise involves some activity that causes your pulse rate to increase and remain increased over an extended period of time. Usually 20 to 30 minutes of aerobic exercise is recommended.
Most people with fibromyalgia are reluctant to exercise because it initially causes more pain. But if your doctor or therapist works out an exercise program that starts out slowly and gradually becomes more challenging, the risk of muscle micro trauma will be significantly reduced, and your body will eventually be able to accept more vigorous exercise routines.
Avoid impact-loading exercises such as jogging, aerobic dancing, weight training, racquet sports, basketball, or any other activity that involves jumping up and down.
Ideal exercises include:
Aquajogger is an excellent exercise. Aquajogger is a buoyancy belt that fits around the chest and allows the person to stand up in a swimming pool and either walk or run against the resistance of the water.
Remember to gently stretch all your major muscle groups for about five minutes-both before and after-you exercise. Stretching helps reduce the chance of muscle injury.
Consult your doctor before beginning aerobic activities. Start your exercise program gradually. Try to gradually work up to 40 minutes of exercise, three times a week. You may have to begin with only five to ten minutes per exercise session.
Learn to listen to your body, and do not push yourself to meet unrealistic goals. This is especially hard to do if you have been used to leading a very active, busy life. You must slow down and give your immune system a chance to heal.
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