Aquatic Training Proves Beneficial For Fibromyalgia Patients

2000 Denise Van Patten –

An aquatic training study was conducted and recorded in the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise Journal using female Fibromyalgia patients. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effects of a 12 week program of aquatic training and additional detraining on health-related quality of life and physical fitness in Fibromyalgia patients.

According to the study, physical fitness was measured using the following tests:

Canadian Aerobic Fitness, hand grip dynamometry, 10-m walking, 10-step stair climbing, and blind one-leg stance. Outcomes were measured at baseline, after treatment, and after 3 months of detraining.

Results: After 12 wk of aquatic exercise, significant positive effects of aquatic training were found in physical function, body pain, general health perception, vitality, social function, role emotional problems and mental health, balance, and stair climbing. After the detraining period, only the improvements in body pain and role emotional problems were maintained.

Conclusion: The present water exercise protocol improved some components of HRQOL, balance, and stair climbing in females with Fibromyalgia, but regular exercise and higher intensities may be required to preserve most of these gains.

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