Women! Self-medicate your fibromyalgia with exercise!
According to the authors from the Archives of Internal Medicine, November 12th issue, fibromyalgia affects a higher percentage of women. About 3.4% of women compared to 0.5% of men in the United States. The disease is characterized by chronic pain throughout the patient’s entire body and sites of tenderness.
Because the causes the fibromyalgia are not quite understood, the drugs prescribed to treat patients’ symptoms often times is not enough.
A 16-week study of 207 women taking drugs to treat their fibromyalgia was conducted between 2002 and 2004. The purpose of the study was to identify a correlation between a regular exercise routine and the patients’ physical function. 135 women completed the study and were assessed six-months later. Over half of the study’s participants experienced a significant improvement in their well-being.
To learn more about this study and how exercise can help you feel better, click here.