When it comes to fibromyalgia, it can be tough to hear researchers saying you need to exercise more. After all, chronic pain is often the reason for not maintaining an exercise routine. However, pain can become a cycle as being sedentary due to the pain can actually make it worse. So where can pain conditions and exercise routines meet in the middle? A recent study reveals that swimming may be the answer.
The Study Involving Fibromyalgia and Swimming
The study was made up of 75 adult women dealing with the pain of fibromyalgia. They were divided into two groups to determine if walking or swimming would be the primary form of exercise introduced into a previously sedentary lifestyle. Pain was measured on a scale of 0 to 10 before and after the 12-week test period.
The group assigned to walk for 12 weeks saw pain levels drop from 6.2 to 3.6. Those assigned to swim saw a reduction in pain from 6.4 to 3.1. Thus, both groups saw a significant reduction in pain levels with a regular exercise routine and the swimmers received slightly more benefits. The takeaway from the study is that it is important to find a form of exercise you like and can keep up with since regular movement is necessary to reduce pain.
Additional Help for Chronic Pain
Along with a regular routine of mild to moderate exercise, fibromyalgia patients may also benefit from upper cervical chiropractic care. This specific and gentle form of chiropractic involves the alignment of the top two vertebrae of the spine. When misaligned, these bones can affect the brainstem, the proper flow of blood to the brain, and many other functions of the central nervous system. As a result, many patients find that pain processing improves after the correction of subluxation, and the body has a chance to heal. Schedule a consultation to learn if upper cervical chiropractic is right for you.