Studies Show Physical Activity Improves Quality of Life for People with Fibromyalgia


[Effect of a physical activity programme in patients with fibromyalgia: A sistematic review.]
[Article in Spanish]

By C. Cadenas-Sánchez and J. Ruiz-Ruiz


The aim of this review was to determine what type of physical activity programmes have been developed in patients with fibromyalgia and what are its effects and benefits on the degree of pain and quality of life. The search was performed in MEDLINE, Web of Science and SPORTDiscus databases. The word «fibromyalgia» was always used as a criterion for combined search (using «AND» connector) with physical activity, exercise, physical therapy and training (MeSH terms). Of the 2,531 initial results, 33 papers were selected for review.

The studies reviewed focus primarily on dance activities, water activities, multidisciplinary, mind-body work, fitness and stretching. After applying the intervention program, the pain level was reduced between 10 and 44.2%, and the impact of the disease between 5.3 and 17.9%, improving the symptoms of these patients.

In conclusion, a multidisciplinary programme (in which physical activity is included) may have positive effects on the quality of life of people with fibromyalgia.

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Source: Medicina Clinica, February 18, 2014. By C. Cadenas-Sánchez and J. Ruiz-Ruiz. Grupo de Investigación PROmoting FITness and Health through physical activity (PROFITH), Departamento de Educación Física y Deportiva, Facultad de Ciencias del Deporte, Universidad de Granada, Granada, España.

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