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Effects of resistance training and chiropractic treatment in women with fibromyalgia

Posted Feb 20 2010 6:24am
A recent study has found that resistance training is more helpful for women with fibromyalgia if it is combined with chiropractic treatment.

The randomized controlled study aimed to evaluate resistance training and resistance training combined with chiropractic treatment on the impact and functionality of fibromyalgia in women. 21 women with fibromyalgia, who had an average age of 48 years, took part in the study. They were randomly assigned to either resistance training or resistance training combined with chiropractic treatment, with 10 women in the first group and 11 in the second. Both groups completed 16 weeks of resistance training consisting of 10 exercises performed two times per week. The group assigned to receive both resistance training and chiropractic treatment also received chiropractic treatment two times per week.

The results showed that both groups increased upper and lower body strength and there were similar improvements in fibromyalgia impact in both groups as well as the strength domains of the functionality assessment. However, only the group receiving resistance training combined with chiropractic treatment significantly improved in the pre- to post-functional domains of flexibility, balance and coordination, and endurance.

One factor in the beneficial effects of the chiropractic treatment may have been that many chiropractors perform some myofascial release as part of their treatments. Myofascial pain is a common problem with fibromyalgia and it can cause exercise to be more painful and less effective.

Original article by:Panton LB, Figueroa A, Kingsley JD, Hornbuckle L, Wilson J, John NS, Abood D, Mathis R, Vantassel J, McMillan V. Effects of Resistance Training and Chiropractic Treatment in Women with Fibromyalgia. J Altern Complement Med. 2009 Mar;15(3):321-8.

Dr. David P. Chen
Chiropractor in Laurel, Maryland
Laurel Regional Chiropractic

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