Individualizing the exercise prescription for persons with fibromyalgia

Kim Jones, Sharon R. Clark

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    "Exercise is good for you; you must exercise, and just do it" are common admonitions to fibromyalgia (FM) patients by health professional. "I can't exercise; I hurt too much to exercise; and, I don't have enough energy to exercise" are equally common responses from patients with FM. Such exchanges can lead to frustration for both patients and provider. The factor that neither participant in the dialogue is addressing is that exercise carries both risks and benefits for person with FM. Although for decades exercise has been acknowledged to be a key component of the treatment of FM, the majority of FM patients remains aerobically unfit, with poor muscle strength and limited flexibility. Unfit muscle is theoretically more prone to muscle microtrauma, which causes localized pain and may trigger widespread pain through disordered central processing. The purpose of this article is to provide practicing health care providers with guidelines for prescribing exercise to FM patients that take into account the risk/benefit ratio. A sample exercise prescription is included.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)419-436
    Number of pages18
    JournalRheumatic Disease Clinics of North America
    Volume28
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2002

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    Fibromyalgia
    Prescriptions
    Exercise
    Pain
    Muscles
    Frustration
    Muscle Strength
    Health Personnel
    Odds Ratio
    Guidelines
    Health

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    Individualizing the exercise prescription for persons with fibromyalgia. / Jones, Kim; Clark, Sharon R.

    In: Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2002, p. 419-436.

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