In the world of chronic pain and fatigue conditions, fibromyalgia is a frequent and often misunderstood guest. Characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and mood issues, fibromyalgia can make day-to-day activities challenging for those who live with it.
While there's no definitive cure, various treatments can help manage symptoms—and one valuable yet often overlooked approach is exercise, guided by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP).
Firstly, what is an AEP? They are allied health professionals who specialise in the prescription of exercise for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries. They use evidence-based strategies to design, deliver, and evaluate safe and effective exercise interventions.
So, how does this apply to fibromyalgia?
1. Pain Management:
Though it might seem counterintuitive to move more when in pain, targeted exercise can actually decrease the overall pain experience in fibromyalgia. Cautiously prescribed exercise can help improve your body's ability to control pain by upregulating endorphins and other neurochemicals that act as natural painkillers. An AEP can design an exercise program that gradually introduces physical activity, helping to avoid exacerbating symptoms.
2. Improved Sleep:
Sleep disturbances are a common complaint among individuals with fibromyalgia. Exercise can help promote better sleep patterns, which can, in turn, lessen the fatigue and brain fog associated with fibromyalgia. An AEP can provide guidance on the timing and type of exercise to facilitate better sleep.
3. Enhanced Mood and Quality of Life:
Exercise is a well-documented mood booster. It stimulates the release of serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that contribute to feelings of wellbeing and happiness. Regular physical activity can help manage mood swings and depressive symptoms often experienced by those with fibromyalgia.
4. Increased Energy Levels:
While fibromyalgia can lead to fatigue, staying physically active can actually improve energy levels. Regular exercise improves cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength, which can make daily activities easier.
An AEP doesn't just design exercise programs—they also empower individuals to take charge of their health. This sense of control and self-efficacy can be invaluable in managing a chronic condition like fibromyalgia.
It's important to remember that each person's experience with fibromyalgia is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. A tailored, patient-centered approach is key in managing fibromyalgia, and an AEP is best-equipped to provide this. They work collaboratively with individuals, respecting their experiences and needs, to design an approach that fits their life, with the ultimate goal of improving overall health and wellbeing.
While the road to managing fibromyalgia may be complex and multifaceted, an exercise physiologist can play a crucial role in the journey, turning the challenge of exercise into a powerful ally.
At General Wellness Centre, we pride ourselves on having the best AEPs around. Our team of AEPs are compassionate, knowledgeable, and innovative. You can trust you are in safe hands at GWC. You can access a reduced price for our incredible services with a referral. Medicare, DVA, Workcover or NDIS referrals are all referrals that provide a rebate or full cover of the appointment costs. Whether is the pool, home, gym, outdoor or any other exercise environment that's right for you, GWC can accommodate you.
Talk to your doctor for a referral to General Wellness Centre - Exercise Physiology or email us at email@example.com or call us on 07 5630 4466.