Exercise and exercise testing in fibromyalgia patients: Lessons learned and suggestions for future studies

Robert M. Bennett

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    Abstract

    Objectives: To critically review the current literature on exercise in fibromyalgia patients and suggest potential avenues for future research. Results: Although there is a consensus that fibromyalgia patients are or become aerobically unfit there are conflicting reports as to whether there is a true muscle weakness as opposed to a quasi-weakness resulting from pain inhibition. Recent studies indicating that fibromyalgia patients have problems relaxing their muscles during the short pauses between repetitive movements may be a significant "breakthrough" in the understanding of muscle dysfunction in this condition. Perfecting non-invasive technologies of dynamic muscle function should be a goal of future studies. Conclusions: The study of exercising muscle has the potential to yield important clues as to the etiology of fibromyalgia muscle pain and dysfunction.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)143-152
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Musculoskeletal Pain
    Volume2
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

    Keywords

    • Exercise
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Fitness
    • Muscle

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Rheumatology

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