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Exercise is one of the most important treatments for fibromyalgia. Regular exercise will strengthen your muscles, increase blood flow to the muscles to promote healing, and increase your endurance. It also may reduce the risk of tiny injuries to the muscles that may cause more pain. Exercise seems to increase the amount of pressure that a person can tolerate at tender points.1 It may also help you sleep better and improve your overall sense of well-being.
Mild to moderate exercise is appropriate for most people with this condition. A balanced exercise program should include:
Moderate activity is safe for most people. But it's always good to talk to your doctor before you start an exercise program.
The key is to build exercise habits that you practice over the long term. Here are some tips for starting and staying with a good exercise program:
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology|
|Last Revised||October 20, 2011|
Last Revised: October 20, 2011
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