Pilates for Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain illness which can cause persistent muscle aches and pains in one or multiple areas of the body.
Common symptoms of Fibromyalgia include:
- Muscle aches and pains
- Joint pain and stiffness
- Sleep disturbance
- Neurological symptoms such as pins and needles and numbness
- Sensitivity to temperature
Pilates has often been found to be beneficial for people suffering with Fibromyalgia, especially when combined physiotherapy techniques such as manual therapy. Research has shown that low impact aerobic exercise can be done without increasing pain, which is often a fear of Fibromyalgia sufferers. This means that important muscle strength and function can increase, allowing more control over movement, without increasing pain levels.
How it works
Pilates for Fibromyalgia works by establishing an exercise programme, designed to stretch muscles and relieve tension, while strengthening important stability muscles to offload joints and increase joint support. Pilates can reduce pain by offloading important joints such as the spine and pelvis.
Pilates is especially suitable for Fibromyalgia patients because it involves gentle, slow and controlled exercise, ensuring muscles are loaded in a way in which builds strength while persevering energy.
Pilates offers a varied regime of exercises involving many different levels to progress through. Exercises include the use of small equipment such as balls, resistance bands and weights to keep the exercise engaging and interesting.
Benefits of Pilates for Fibromyalgia
Benefits of Pilates for Fibromyalgia can include:
- Reduced or more manageable pain
- Prevention of deterioration
- Comfortable exercise
- Increased muscle strength
- Improved posture
- Reduced muscle tension
- Greater function
- Reduced fatigue
- Improved overall well-being
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