Exercise for Fibromyalgia: A Systematic Review.

Busch AJ, Schachter CL, Overend TJ, Peloso PM, Barber KA

This study evaluated the effects of exercise training on global well-being, selected signs and symptoms, and physical function in individuals with fibromyalgia (FM).  Metaanalysis of 6 studies provided moderate-quality evidence that aerobic-only exercise training at ACSM-recommended intensity levels has positive effects on global well-being and physical function and possibly on pain and tender points. Strength and flexibility remain under evaluated; however, strength training may have a positive effect on FM symptoms.

Aerobic-only training has beneficial effects on physical function and some FM symptoms. Strength-only training may improve FM symptoms, but requires further study.

Journal of Rheumatology, 2008 May 1, online article ahead of press

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