Fibromyalgia patients may struggle to feel well enough to exercise. However, moderate physical activity is actually good for joint pain. This creates a difficult cycle for some in which inactivity leads to more pain which leads to more inactivity. Researchers tried to find the cause of exertion increasing the pain of fibromyalgia, but initial efforts are coming up empty.
In this case, researchers considered the amount of lactic acid being metabolized during exercise and in the inactivity that followed. Lactic acid is produced during physical exertion and ultimately leads to muscle weakness and the potential for pain following the exercise. The results of the study revealed that fibromyalgia patients showed no more lactic acid in their blood than healthy control group members both during and after exercise. There was a slight increase for chronic migraine patients who were also part of the research.
What This Means for Fibromyalgia Patients
Researchers do not yet have a reason why exercise causes additional pain to a fibromyalgia sufferer. However, the evidence is clear that some exercise on a daily basis is beneficial. Going for a walk, a swim, or doing some stretching can help to loosen up the joints keeping them from becoming stiff. While you may find that exercise every day has a positive cumulative effect, be careful not to overdo it on your good days because waking up overly sore may keep you from sticking to your beneficial exercise routine.
Upper Cervical Care Helps Support Natural Relief
Many patients find that fibromyalgia symptoms are less severe when their atlas is in proper alignment. They may even find sleeping easier. With that in mind, if you or a loved one suffers from fibromyalgia, an examination from an upper cervical chiropractor is a good place to look to for help in dealing with this chronic pain condition.
Most forms of upper cervical chiropractic are very gentle and only involve a low force correction. As a result, patients with pain conditions find the adjustment far more comfortable than that of general chiropractic. Also, the body reacts well to gentle adjustments which allows the effect to be longer lasting, leading to few visits. This also makes upper cervical care a cost effective approach.