The following lifestyle changes may help you manage fibromyalgia.
Exercise is perhaps the most effective way to improve fibromyalgia symptoms. Benefits include:
Prevention of muscle atrophy
Reduction in muscle stiffness
Reduction of pain and fatigue
Improved sense of well-being
Your exercise program should begin with mild activity and gradually increase over time. Try to incorporate different types of exercise, like:
Exercising in a heated pool may offer benefits. In one small study, researchers found that people with fibromyalgia who participated in aquatic training in warm water (strength, aerobic, and relaxation exercises) reported an improvement in symptoms.
Some people with fibromyalgia have found that certain techniques that help you relax and reduce stress may be helpful in managing chronic pain. Examples of successful techniques include:
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