Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread musculoskeletal pain and tenderness. Fibromyalgia affects between 2% and 10% of Australians, most commonly young to middle aged women. There is no cure for Fibromyalgia, but treatment can help you manage your symptoms.
A combination of pain, fatigue and altered mood can result in inactivity. Regular exercise can help to reduce pain and tenderness, improve sleep quality, increase energy levels and reduce stress and depression. Exercise should be introduced slowly and gradually. Muscle weakness is common in Fibromyalgia. Inactivity due to pain and fatigue often leads to weaker and wasted muscles. This can make it even more difficult to continue a normal lifestyle. Strength training can increase muscle strength, endurance and bone density to improve your functionality and ability to complete activities of daily living.