Staying Active with Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a very painful condition which can affect a person’s joints, muscles, tendons and other soft tissue all over the body. It has been linked to difficulty sleeping, headaches, fatigue and depression. The cause is unknown but the effects can be severe. As of yet there is no known prevention or cure.

According to Daniel Clauw, MD, professor of anesthesiology and medicine at the University of Michigan, “Exercise is one of the most effective treatments for fibromyalgia. It benefits all of the symptoms of fibromyalgia, including pain, fatigue and sleep problems.”

For those affected by this disorder, exercise may be the last thing they want to do, but it has been shown to improve quality of life. As always, a person should check with their physician before beginning any exercise program.

It is important to start slowly. For some that may mean starting while still laying in bed, with simple stretches. And remember, even walking is considered exercise. So perhaps a short walk would be a good start. Try to add a minute each time you walk. Eventually, you should notice that it gets a bit easier. Try to do a little every day at a time of day when you feel your best. And be sure to take breaks whenever necessary.

Be careful to listen to your body and to avoid doing too much too soon. This can lead to a flare-up of symptoms and feelings of frustration. Be patient and be kind to yourself. If you’d like help to come up with an appropriate exercise plan, give Terry a call in the Fitness Center.

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