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How to move: exercising with fibromyalgia – The Guardian

Friday, 4 March, 2022

How to move: exercising with fibromyalgia – The Guardian

Hydrotherapy can benefit people with fibromyalgia. ‘You can do more things than you can on land without causing too much stirring up of the pain’ says exercise physiologist Sarah Comensoli. Photograph: andresr/Getty Images

 
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread muscle pain and tenderness. It is often accompanied by fatigue, altered sleep, cognitive disturbance and emotional distress. It usually develops in middle adulthood and affects more women than men. In Australia, fibromyalgia affects 2% to 5% of the population.
An exercise physiologist, Sarah Comensoli, says many people with fibromyalgia worry exercise will make their pain worse. That concern is reasonable – it isn’t uncommon that people with fibromyalgia experience more post-workout pain and tiredness when they first begin exercising.
“Exercise induces fatigue,” says Prof Geoffrey Littlejohn, a rheumatologist at the department of medicine at Monash University. “It’s a bit of a catch-22, that one of the most effective treatments can aggravate the symptoms of the condition, at least initially.”
Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2022/mar/03/how-to-move-exercising-with-fibromyalgia

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