Fibromyalgia Syndrome: Benefits of Exercise Therapy

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) has been described as a chronic pain syndrome with widespread pain, diffuse tenderness and joint stiffness typically lasting a period longer than 3 months (Cheatham 2013 and Busch et al 2011). Other characteristic symptoms include disturbed sleep, fatigue, headaches, concentration and memory problems (Bennett 2005). The aetiology of this condition is still unknown, however researchers have hypothesised that there may be a genetic disposition as well as neurochemical imbalances within the central nervous system (CNS) (Corrales 2011). This increased activity can heighten sensitivity to stimuli (allodynia) and also heighten response to a painful stimuli (hyperalgesia) (Brumitt 2013).

Fibromyalgia syndrome: Benefits of Exercise Therapy