Pilates for Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain illness which can cause persistent aches and pains in one single 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 is often found beneficial for Fibromyalgia when combined physiotherapy 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 pain levels may stay the same with Pilates but function and muscle strength can increase, gaining you more control over your movement.
How it works
Pilates for Fibromyalgia works by establishing a programme of exercises designed to stretch muscles to relieve tension and strengthening stability muscles to increase joint support. Pilates can reduce pain by offloading 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 exercised in a way in which allows strength to build while persevering energy.
Pilates offers a varied regime involving many different levels of exercises to progress through and use of small equipment such as balls, resistance bands and weights to keep the exercise interesting.
Benefits of Pilates for Fibromyalgia
- 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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