Even though medication offers relief, experts say exercise is an essential treatment for fibromyalgia. “Exercise is a must,” says Dr. Daniel Rooks, director of the Be Well! Tanger Center for Health Management at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. “There’s nothing better for improving function and outlook.”
According to Don L. Goldenberg, M.D., medical advisor for the Arthritis Foundation, a patient should focus most on cardiovascular workouts such as walking or water aerobics. Besides improving general fitness, cardiovascular exercise improves immunity and elevates mood, he says.
(Source: Womans Day Magazine, 2/1/03)