Fibromyalgia: Best Exercises 

 April 29, 2013

By  Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

Woman Lifting Weights in GymMechanicsville Virginia Chiropractor – (From drtrippstoverblog.com) Fibromyalgia (FM) is a common chronic condition that affects millions of people.  The overview of the symptoms is widespread pain in the muscles accompanied by pain, fatigue, and “…just feeling wiped out!”  Sleep deprivation is a common problem and some feel sleep loss for any reason—stress, past injury, current illness, etc.—can result in FM and restoring sleep is a key component to treatment.  Here are 14 key points to consider to effectively “manage” or gain control of FM (as there is no “cure”):

  1. Keep Moving: Exercise of a REGULAR BASIS. The presence of pain is NOT a reason to NOT exercise – a common mis-belief about FM.  Exercise is not only good for your muscles but it also helps improve the circulation, maintain bowel regularity, and reduce stress.
  2. Talk To Your Doctor: Always discuss your fitness plans with us, your chiropractor! It’s important to have a structured plan to follow and most importantly, START SLOWLY!
  3. “Learn” Your Limitations: Around the house, at work and in the gym, learn what you can handle by slowly introducing new activities into your routine. Don’t feel guilty about taking multiple breaks during your day!
  4. Remember to Stretch: To improve flexibility, improve muscle tightness, and reduce pain, gentle stretching exercises are VERY rewarding! These can be done at any time of the day and also as a “warm up” and “cool down” before and after your exercise session.
  5. Make It Fun: Choose exercises that appeal to you such as bicycling, swimming, or walking – make it fun!  Exercise in a location that is appealing such as walking in a park, or in the woods.  Take your dog (or the neighbor’s dog) for a walk. Try to achieve thirty minutes of movement-based exercise each day.
  6. Set Realistic Goals: Don’t try to run a marathon on your first day of exercise. You need to determine what you can handle by gradually introducing the activity. For example, start with a 5 or 10 minute walk and set a goal of 30 minutes by the end of the 1st or 2nd week. Then work on speed or pace. Make sure the exercises you choose do not aggravate your condition further.
  7. Make Sleep a Priority: Restless, non-restoring sleep is a common complaint of FM patients. Exercise can really help faulty sleep patterns. Set a sleep schedule – go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. Also, talk to us about nutritional options.
  8. Block Out Distractions: Use ear plugs, “noise machines,” or an eye mask to block out sleeping distractions.
  9. AVOID Caffeine: Coffee, chocolate or caffeine rich soda can disrupt sleep patterns well into the night. Avoid these for at least four [4] hours before bedtime.
  10. Reduce Stress: Just struggling with FM is stressful enough!  Yoga, meditation, deep breathing and relaxation exercises can be extremely helpful is reducing stress.
  11. Learn To Say No: It’s OK to say “no.” We’re all too busy but with FM, additional worries and stress really take their toll!
  12. Socialize Wisely: Socialize with people who have a positive attitude – choose your friends wisely.  Remember, the glass is always at least “half-full!”

We recognize the importance of including chiropractic in your treatment planning and realize you have a choice of providers. If you, a friend or family member requires care for FM, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family presently and, in the future.

Dr. Tripp Stover

Stover Chiropractic, P.C. –  Real. Simple. Healthcare.





We are located at 9097 Atlee Station Road in Mechanicsville, Virginia, 23111.  This is a Hanover county address, but we are minutes from Glenn Allen, Innsbrook, Sandston, and Varina.  We also serve many people from King William and New Kent Counties.  Our close proximity to I295 means we are very easy to reach from anywhere in the Richmond Metro area.  Contact us: 804-559-1100

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

Dr. Stover grew up in Richmond. He has been married to his wife Andrea since 2000 and they make their home in Mechanicsville with their children, Avery and Garnett.

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

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