|Title of host publication||Unknown Host Publication|
|Publisher||World Confederation for Physical Therapy|
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|
|Event||International Congress of the World Confederation of Physical Therapists - Barcelona|
Duration: 1 Jan 2003 → …
|Conference||International Congress of the World Confederation of Physical Therapists|
|Period||1/01/03 → …|
Bibliographical noteReference text: Objective: To identify patients' perceptions of the role and benefits of exercise in the
treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS).
Design: A postal questionnaire was sent to all 225 members of the Northern Ireland
Fibromyalgia Support Group. The questionnaire consisted of 19 questions and was subdivided
into four sections: (1) background information; (2) previous treatment; (3)
opinions on the role of exercise in FMS and (4) current participation in, and barriers to,
exercise. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics.
Results: A response rate of 51.1% (115/225) was achieved. Forty nine percent (57) of
respondents were receiving FMS-associated disability benefits and 13% (15) were working
full-time. All reported previous treatment for FMS. Ninety-six (84%) had received
medication and 82 (71%) exercise-based therapy. Just over half (42/82) of those who had
participated in exercise therapy reported it to be an effective management strategy. Two thirds
(48/71) of those who used bedrest, and over half (52/96) of those who used medications
reported these interventions to be effective. Eighty-two per cent (94) ‘agreed’ or ‘strongly
agreed’ that exercise improved fitness and 60% (69) ‘agreed’ or ‘strongly agreed’ that exercise
increased feelings of well-being, but only 13.9% (16) reported that it reduced their pain. The
most commonly reported barriers to exercise were fatigue (85%, 98) and pain (73%, 84).
Conclusion: Exercise therapy is a common treatment for fibromyalgia syndrome, but while
respondents accepted its general health benefits, the vast majority did not report that it
reduced their pain.
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