Do any groups certify personal trainers to deal with fibromyalgia?

While no specific agency offers a certification specifically targeting fibromyalgia a properly educated trainer working in conjunction with your doctor can design and implement a program that will help slow the progress of deterioration in the muscles.
There is currently no official fibromyalgia certification for personal trainers, but the Arthritis Foundation offers a self-help program that educates personal trainers about the types of muscle issues affecting people with fibromyalgia. Some certified personal trainers may have completed coursework or training that gives them a more comprehensive knowledge of the issues facing people with fibromyalgia. Be sure to tell any personal trainer with whom you're considering working that you have fibromyalgia, and ask about his or her knowledge of, and experience with, clients who have the condition. And always make sure the trainer is certified by a reputable organization such as the American Council on Exercise, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the International Sports Sciences Association, or others.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Certified fitness trainers can take special courses that focus on the needs of clients with conditions such as fibromyalgia. That includes trainers certified by the American Council on Exercise, the largest nonprofit fitness certification organization in the world. If you want to work with a fitness trainer, ask your doctor to recommend one who understands the needs and concerns of people who have fibromyalgia.

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