What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic
condition that causes pain in the muscles, joints, ligaments
and tendons. Affected areas usually include the front
of the knees and elbows, the hip joints and the neck.
There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but there are many
steps sufferers can take to make themselves feel better.
Exercise can play a major role in
alleviating the symptoms of fibromyalgia, along with
reducing stress and improving good sleeping habits.
It is important to proceed gradually, as too much exercise
initially may worsen pain. Low–impact aerobic
exercises such as swimming, stationary bicycling, or
using machines that replicate a skiing motion are recommended.
Stretching should be done before all exercising. Keep
your activity level consistent – don't try to
compensate for several days of inactivity by cramming
too much exercising into one day. When you are comfortable
exercising three or four times a week for 30 to 60 minutes
per session, higher–impact exercises like walking,
jogging, or tennis can be incorporated. Again, begin
slowly and work up to a goal of a 60–minute session.