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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2008 Dec;89(12):2250-7. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2008.03.026.

Assessment of the effects of aquatic therapy on global symptomatology in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome: a randomized controlled trial.

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Section of Physical Education and Sports, University Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain. dmunizq@upo.es

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To evaluate the effects of a 16-week exercise therapy in a chest-high pool of warm water through applicable tests in the clinical practice on the global symptomatology of women with fibromyalgia (FM) and to determine exercise adherence levels.

DESIGN:

A randomized controlled trial.

SETTING:

Testing and training were completed at the university.

PARTICIPANTS:

Middle-aged women with FM (n=60) and healthy women (n=25).

INTERVENTION:

A 16-week aquatic training program, including strength training, aerobic training, and relaxation exercises.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Tender point count (syringe calibrated), health status (Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire); sleep quality (Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index); physical (endurance strength to low loads tests), psychologic (State Anxiety Inventory), and cognitive function (Paced Auditory Serial Addition Task); and adherence 12 months after the completion of the study.

RESULTS:

For all the measurements, the patients showed significant deficiencies compared with the healthy subjects. Efficacy analysis (n=29) and intent-to-treat analysis (n=34) of the exercise therapy was effective in decreasing the tender point count and improving sleep quality, cognitive function, and physical function. Anxiety remained unchanged during the follow-up. The exercise group had a significant improvement of health status, not associated exclusively with the exercise intervention. There were no changes in the control group. Twenty-three patients in the exercise group were exercising regularly 12 months after completing the program.

CONCLUSIONS:

An exercise therapy 3 times a week for 16 weeks in a warm pool could improve most of the symptoms of FM and cause a high adherence to exercise in unfit women with heightened FM symptomatology. The therapeutic intervention's effects can be assessed through applicable tests in the clinical practice.

PMID:
19061736
DOI:
10.1016/j.apmr.2008.03.026
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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