Control Fibromyalgia With Exercise & Weight Control
Paul Mork, the lead researcher in the study, believes that regular exercise is related to a decreased risk of fibromyalgia. His study examined the records of over 16,000 women's health surveys, as well as an eleven-year follow-up, during which time 380 women developed fibromyalgia.
The results revealed that women who exercised four times a week decreased their risk of developing fibromyalgia by 29 percent. Women who were overweight had a 60 percent higher risk of developing fibromyalgia than women who maintained a healthy weight. Additional body weight may also be associated with increased pain sensitivity due to added stress on joints, and weight-bearing muscles and bones.
The link between weight and fibromyalgia is still tenuous, Mork warns. "We only found a weak association between development of fibromyalgia and exercise," he clarifies. But he also points out that the surveys offered no distinction between exercise types, and Mork believes that some types of exercise may offer more protection than others.
For sufferers of fibromyalgia, this new research may only ease the burden of pain slightly. Researchers are still years away from unraveling the mysterious case of chronic pain. Until then, Mork and others advise women with or without fibromyalgia to maintain a regular exercise routine to boost the body's resistance to several diseases.