Does Fibromyalgia Sit in a Chair? Symptomatic Relief with a Simulated Jogging Device
Received Date: Mar 28, 2017 / Accepted Date: Apr 28, 2017 / Published Date: May 06, 2017
The symptoms of fibromyalgia are associated with physical inactivity such as excessive sitting. Physical inactivity itself produces increased oxidative stress and chronic inflammation, factors present in fibromyalgia. Therefore, increasing physical activity should benefit patients with fibromyalgia. Even in normal subjects, only about 10 to 20% of American adults comply with physical activity guidelines. We report effectiveness of daily use of a passive motion platform over a four-week period that releases endothelial nitric oxide as occurs during active exercise. The primary endpoint of this study was the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ). Improvement of FIQ with the motion platform was comparable to drug studies over the same time-period. Since the motion platform was not portable, patients needed to visit a fixed location within a hospital clinic to receive daily treatments and as time went by dropouts increased limiting its feasibility for longer-term studies. In this paper, we describe a portable, passive simulated jogging device that is low-cost and targeted to home use for future long-term evaluation as primary treatment or ancillary to drug therapies for fibromyalgia.
Keywords: Fibromyalgia; Symptomatic relief; Chronic pain; Inflammation
Citation: Sackner MA, Adams JA (2017) Does Fibromyalgia Sit in a Chair? Symptomatic Relief with a Simulated Jogging Device. Fibrom Open Access 2: 117.
Copyright: © 2017 Sackner MA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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