Van, K. S., Kraaimaat, F. W., Wirken, L., Evers, A. W. M., Van, L. W., Van, H. T., Vedder, A., ... Van, R. P. L. C. M. (December 01, 2011). Tailored cognitive-behavioural therapy and exercise training improves the physical fitness of patients with fibromyalgia. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 70, 12, 2131-2133.
According to a recent study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, the physical fitness of patients with fibromyalgia improves significantly following a combination of CBT (cognitive behavior therapy) and exercise training. In the current study, participants with high-risk fibromyalgia were randomly assigned to one of two groups: (1) a wait-list control (WLC) and (2) a treatment condition (TC) consisting of 16 twice-weekly CBT sessions plus tailored exercise training. Participants in the TC also attended a follow up session at 3 months post treatment. Results showed that the fitness level of participants in the treatment condition improved significantly compared to those in the control.