Fibromyalgia Exercise

Exercise plays an integral role in the management of Fibromyalgia.

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Once you begin experiencing pain, naturally your activity begins to reduce (social or physical), as a result of a reduction in activity your body will overtime begin to decondition. Decondition means that your muscles will become weaker, joints become stiffer and you also may gain some weight. This can all lead to an increase in pain.

Increased levels of pain can then have a major impact upon both sleep and mental health.

Within this pain cycle, the most controllable element is “deconditioning”. We work with clients to devise an exercise programme which is individualised and specific to their own needs. The aim of the programme is to restore muscle strength, joint flexibility and increase overall fitness, without causing a flare up. We do this by slowly increasing the intensity of the exercise programme in line with you over a period of time.

Exercise also helps to boost the body’s endorphin levels. Endorphins are the body’s natural pain fighting “happy” chemical and are also known to help reduce depression, anxiety and lower stress levels.