A Gentle Guide to Moving More When You Live with Fibromyalgia Part 1- Forget Exercise

A Gentle Guide to Moving More When You Live with Fibromyalgia Part 1- Forget Exercise

Awareness, Chronic Illness, Fibromyalgia, Medication, Research
We need to rethink exercise, and focus instead on movement, starting with gentle stretching and range of motion activities. However, there seems to be a persistent [false] belief that if fibromyalgia patients would only get off the couch and exercise, their symptoms would miraculously melt away. This perspective permeates the health care field, from articles on managing fibromyalgia to advice from your ‘helpful’ specialist.  For example, a recent research review notes that “Several exercise studies over the past three decades demonstrated that persons with fibromyalgia are able to engage in moderate and even vigorous exercise”. One research team articulated this point of view further by saying that, while fibromyalgia patients are “worried that [exercise is] going to be painful, [it’s] more of a psychological effect”. Further dismissing the real pain…
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