Exercise, meditation for musculoskeletal pain

Saturday, August 25th, 2012 | In Health | Tags: , ,

Exercise, meditation for musculoskeletal pain
~ Exercise, meditation for musculoskeletal pain ~

Light endurance training can ease the symptoms of fibromyalgia, a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain. This is according to new treatment guidelines cited by the Association of German Rheumatologists (BDRh).

The guidelines were developed by physicians, scientist and patients’ representatives after evaluating qualitatively useful therapy studies on the disorder. They recommend that the training be combined with light strength exercises and meditative movement therapy such as tai chi or yoga, or with relaxation and psychotherapeutic techniques.

Medications should be used only intermittently in severe cases of fibromyalgia. Strong pain relievers containing opioids are not recommended at all because they are seldom beneficial in the long term and usually have unwanted side effects.

The guidelines advise patients to engage in an activity such as taking a brisk walk, Nordic walking, or cycling two or three times a week for 30 minutes at a time. As BDRh executive committee member Ludwig Kalthoff noted, the combination of exercise and relaxation did a lot of patients good.

An estimated 4% of the population in industrialized countries, mostly women between the ages of 40 and 60, suffer from fibromyalgia. Typical symptoms are chronic pain in places such as the neck, abdomen or joints, sometimes accompanied by sleep problems, an irritable stomach or psychological problems such as anxiety.

Information via dpa.


 



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