When it hurts to move, how is a fibromyalgia patient expected to exercise? It is essential for a patient to increase activity to help lessen both the physical and emotional impacts of fibromyalgia, though "exercise" should be redefined for sufferers of the condition. Set small goals of increased activity to get your body moving while not pressing too hard. Studies have shown that exercise, even with fibromyalgia, is helpful in improving strength, balance, flexibility and mood.
Researchers at Tufts University Medical Center in Boston recently conducted a study looking at the effects of Tai Chi on fibromyalgia symptoms. Tai Chi (also known as Tai Chi Chuan) is an Eastern form of martial arts that combines meditation, slow, gentle movement, deep breathing and relaxation. It is known for helping with muscle…