Exercise to Reduce Fibromyalgia Pain
Regular Exercise Can Reduce Symptoms Associated with Fibromyalgia
Although you may not feel like engaging in activities when you are suffering from fibromyalgia, regular exercise can actually help to improve many of the symptoms associated with this debilitating syndrome. While high-impact activities and the use of excessive weights may result in increased fatigue and pain, those who participate in regular lighter activities may experience relief from pain, enhanced sleep, improved mood, increased alertness, and better range of motion.
After getting approval from your health care provider, you should keep the following considerations in mind when exercising to reduce fibromyalgia symptoms:
- Start slow
- Note progress
- Listen to your body
It is important not to overdo it when you begin an exercise program or you could increase your symptoms. That is why you should begin slowly. Take a walk or start with a light, low-impact aerobic program. Daily activity can help you to sleep better at night, increase your energy levels, decrease depression, and help to alleviate pain. If you take the time to gently stretch every day, you could increase your range of motion, allowing you to comfortably do more activities. You should begin to notice an improvement in your fibromyalgia symptoms within two weeks.
You may want to keep a journal or a chart regarding the exercises that you choose and how you feel after each session, both short term and long term. This can help you to determine the exercises that are best for you and help you to reduce those that cause more harm than good. If walking is too intensive for you, you may wish to try aquatic exercises to reduce the impact on your painful joints. T’ai chi has been shown to be effective at reducing fibromyalgia symptoms as well.
Listen to Your Body
Exercising takes effort, but you should be aware of your body’s response in order to reduce your risk of injury or further pain and discomfort. If an activity causes pain, stop immediately and try something else at another time. If you are having difficulty finding the right exercises due to excessive pain and fatigue, you may want to consult with your physician or a physical therapist to help you to find the right program for your situation.