Fibromyalgia and Exercise: The Jury is In!

As heath care evidence accumulates, hopefully this translates into better treatments for patients. Fibromyalgia in particular, has been a frustrating disease for many patients and physicians since drug treatments seem to provide little benefit.

One treatment that has been studied extensively is supervised aerobic exercise and strength training. The prestigious scientific review group called Cochrane (Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2007;4:CD003786) recently reviewed the exercise evidence in fibromyaglia. The conclude that: “there is ‘gold’ level evidence (www.cochranemsk.org) that supervised aerobic exercise training has beneficial effects on physical capacity and FMS [fibromyalgia] symptoms. But have you started yet? Is aerobic exercise and strength or resistance training part of your daily routine? If not, then I have to ask, why not?

For many patients they may need a personal trainer or a skilled doctor of chiropractic, who will help you to work around and instead of your injuries and help to keep you motivated, on tract, and accountable. If you’ve sprained your low back in the past this can severely limit your ability to exercise pain-free. The spine IS the core of the body so it needs to be flexible and healthy for you to exercise effectively over the long-term. Taking drugs to cover up the pain while you train can lead to further injury. You need to listen to your body to know when to slow down and take it easy. Muscle pain is inevitable with exercise. Joint pain is another story and needs to be avoided.

I have found that adding chiropractic care to your active lifestyle can help keep you going as embark on this new and hopefully long journey.

For others, long-term inactivity has led to weight gain that needs to come down first before hitting the gym. And when weight-loss is occurring it is hard to repair muscle strain, so it is very easy to over-train which usually results in the patient quitting their new program

Exercising while you are excessively overweight will often lead to failure and injury to your knees or spine. So it is important to proceed with caution. Don’t enter a marathon tomorrow. I want you to start right to ensure the best chances for success.
 

Mental Attitude: Sleep and Stroke Risk!

Adults (in the normal weight range) who sleep less than 6 hours per night have a much greater risk of stroke symptoms during middle age and old age than their peers who sleep more than 6 hours per night.
University of Alabama, Aug 2012

Health Alert: Insecticides and IQs!

A study found a difference between how boys and girls respond to prenatal exposure to the insecticide chlorpyrifos. At age seven, boys had greater difficulty with working memory (a key component of IQ) than girls with similar exposures. MRI scans show that even low to moderate levels of exposure during pregnancy may lead to long-term, potentially irreversible changes in the brain. The chemical is used in agriculture, wood treatments, golf courses, parks, and road medians. Low-level exposure can also occur by eating fruits and vegetables that have been sprayed with chlorpyrifos.
Neurotoxicology and Teratology, Aug 2012

Diet: What Do They Eat?

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman talks about the importance of nutrition and her post-workout staple: chocolate milk. Chocolate milk is a common athlete favorite because of its carb/protein ratio and vitamins for muscle recovery. Beach volleyball player Kerry Walsh eats almond butter and honey sandwiches before she competes. The sugar from honey is immediately energizing while the protein and fats in almond butter help sustain that energy boost. Polo player Ryan Bailey says his power breakfast is gluten-and-dairy-free buckwheat banana pancakes with fruit.
European Lung Foundation, July 2011

Exercise: ‘Exergames’?

Active video games (AVGS, also known as “exergames”) are not the perfect solution to the nation’s sedentary ways since most AVGs provide only “light-to-moderate” intensity physical activity. It’s recommended that the average adult get 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each day.
Michigan State University, August 2012

Chiropractic: What Is A Stinger?

You may have heard of an athlete in a contact sport (football, rugby, ice hockey, wrestling) receiving a “stinger.” This injury occurs when the head and neck are forced to the side and the nerves that branch off the spinal cord in the neck become compressed. This can cause a stinging or shooting pain down one arm, followed by numbness or weakness. These injuries often go unreported because symptoms can quickly resolve, but if left untreated, repeated trauma can result in persistent pain or arm weakness.
WebMD, 1999

Wellness/Prevention: Yoga and Depression During Pregnancy.

Many pregnant women experience hormonal mood swings during pregnancy, and 20% experience a major depression. Expectant mothers who participated in 90-minute yoga sessions over a 10-week period experienced a considerable reduction in depressive symptoms, and also reported having a stronger attachment to their babies in the womb.
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, August 2012

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