n International SportMed Journal - The role of exercise in treating fibromyalgia : a case study of a 24-week walking program
|Article Title||The role of exercise in treating fibromyalgia : a case study of a 24-week walking program|
|© Publisher:||International Federation of Sports Medicine|
|Journal||International SportMed Journal|
|Author||Barbara B. Meyer and Kathy J. Lemley|
|Publication Date||Jan 2001|
|Pages||1 - 9|
|Keyword(s)||Fitness, Physical activity, Rheumatological disorder and Symptoms|
The purpose of this case study was to examine the effects of an exercise program on 2 women diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The protocol included a 24-week individualized walking program of increasing intensity; on-site physical and psychological testing at 0, 12, and 24 weeks; and completion of weekly logs documenting physical activity, rate of perceived exertion, and the impact of fibromyalgia on physical function. Results indicate an increase in fitness level and amelioration of both physical and psychological symptoms in response to the adoption of a regular exercise program, with a subsequent decrease in fitness level and aggravation in symptoms during periods of noncompliance. Although exercise can have a positive effect on fibromyalgia symptoms, health care professionals must monitor each individual's response to exercise and recommend the appropriate modifications when necessary. In this way, compliance will be maximized and the resultant benefits to the individual will be optimized.
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