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:
Fibromyalgia. American College of Rheumatology website. Available at:
http://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Fibromyalgia. Updated February 2013. Accessed August 8, 2013.
Fibromyalgia. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at:
http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated July 15, 2013. Accessed August 8, 2013.
Fibromyalgia. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at:
http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health%5FInfo/Fibromyalgia/default.asp. Updated August 2012. Accessed August 8, 2013.
Treatment. Fibromyalgia Network website. Available at:
http://www.fmnetnews.com/fibro-basics/treatment. Accessed August 8, 2013.
Treatment. National Fibromyalgia Association website. Available at:
http://www.fmaware.org/about-fibromyalgia/treatment. Accessed August 8, 2013.
EBSCO Information Services is fully accredited by URAC. URAC is an independent, nonprofit health care accrediting organization dedicated to promoting health care quality through accreditation, certification and commendation.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
HIPAA Disclaimer. We are not "HIPAA compliant." Users are solely responsible for any applicable compliance with federal or state laws governing the privacy and security of personal data, including medical or other sensitive data. Users acknowledge that the Services may not be appropriate for the storage or control of access to sensitive data, such as information about children or medical or health information. sfmc.net does not control or monitor the information or data you store on, or transmit through, our Services. We specifically disclaim any representation or warranty that the Services, as offered, comply with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA"). Customers requiring secure storage of "protected health information" under HIPAA are expressly prohibited from using this Service for such purposes. Storing and permitting access to "protected health information," as defined under HIPAA is a material violation of this User Agreement, and grounds for immediate account termination. We do not sign "Business Associate Agreements" and you agree that sfmc.net is not a Business Associate or subcontractor or agent of yours pursuant to HIPAA.