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Paper of the Day - Exercise works in fibromyalgia

Patients with fibromyalgia benefit from exercise programmes that incorporate walking, strength training and stretching, according to authors of a US study of 207 women.

The women – all being treated in rheumatology clinics - were randomly assigned to four groups: 51 performed aerobic and flexibility exercises only, 51 added in strength training, 50 received a self-help course on managing fibromyalgia, and 55 participated in all the exercises and the education course. Improvements in symptom scores were greatest in women who took both exercise and education classes and lowest in those who took the self-help course. But those who participated in all forms of exercise improved their physical function.

Arch Intern Med. 2007;167(20):2192-2200

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