Can Pilates help treat fibromyalgia?

Preliminary research suggests that Pilates may ease some symptoms of fibromyalgia, though more research is needed. Pilates is a form of exercise that involves controlled movements that are performed on a mat or using specially designed machines. Pilates tones the whole body but focuses on the trunk, or "core," muscles. A small 2009 study found that people with fibromyalgia who took part in Pilates classes experienced some improvement in pain and other symptoms, though it's not clear whether the benefits were long lasting.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
People with fibromyalgia may find that, with the right instructor, Pilates' gentle yet invigorating exercises can help them get stronger and more limber without triggering more pain. Pilates builds flexibility, strength, endurance, and coordination through a series of exercises, often done on a mat, and teaches you to sync your breathing rhythm with your movements. It was developed by Joseph H. Pilates, who introduced the program as a nurse in Great Britain during World War 1 to help immobilized soldiers regain mobility. Later it became popular with dancers and actors.

Pilates is an exercise that can be used with clients with fibromyalgia, allowing the client to improve body awareness, range of motion, balance, flexibility and musclular strength.  Pilates exercises emphasis core control and low to no impact on the joints, but still allow the muscles to be worked through a full range of motion.  Pilates is also done in a slow and controled manner with quality verses quantity, reducing the possibility of over working the client.  The empasis on a full breath will benefit the fibromyalgia patient by reducing their stress level.  Pilates allows the client to reap the benefits of exercise without the exhaustion of a typical strength routine.

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