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Fibromyalgia and Exercise -- What's Recommended?

fibromyalgia-exercise-whats-recommendedAs many as 5 million of those living in the USA have fibromyalgia. Women are affected more often than men. While it is true fibromyalgia is most known for pain, one of the best ways to help it is exercise. This may sound surprising as you probably don’t feel like exercising when you are in pain. Let’s see why it is beneficial and what is recommended.

Since fibromyalgia is not fully understood, researchers and medical doctors often disagree on the best way to care for this painful condition. However, one thing that all seem to agree on is that exercise is beneficial when it comes to combating fibromyalgia. While it may be hard to imagine pushing yourself to exercise if you have considerable pain, knowing the outcome will be positive can be a motivating factor. Here are some safe suggestions for you to begin with:

  • Swimming or aquatic therapy: Providing mild resistance, swimming can provide much-needed relief, especially when done in a heated pool.
  • Stretch it out: Stretching can help keep your muscles loose and flexible. It is recommended to hold a light stretch for a minute if possible.
  • Take a stroll: Walking is low-impact, aerobic exercise that helps to circulate your blood and get oxygen to the muscles. This can help keep stiffness and pain at bay.

Addressing the Root of Fibromyalgia

The central nervous system plays a huge role in the development of fibromyalgia. Here at Thrive Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Onalaska, Wisconsin, we focus our attention on helping your central nervous system work at its optimum. It has been discovered a misalignment in the bones of the upper neck can put pressure on the brainstem and impact the way the central nervous system works. By using a method that is both mild and effective, we can help the bones to move back into place without the need to force or pop them. Rather, we encourage them to realign naturally. This allows the body to heal and repair the damage done. Many see an improvement in the symptoms of fibromyalgia in only a few adjustments.


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