CBT Plus Exercise Training Improves the Physical Fitness of Fibromyalgia Patients

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.

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.

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    fitness tips says:

    I am a physical therapist and I think it is a great field, but I started as
    an athletic trainer – I think this might be a good idea for you if
    you want to work with a sports team. You would need to go to an
    accredited school, work in the field to gain experience, and pass the exam to become an ATC (Certified Athletic Trainer).
    Then you could work for a high school or college, in a physical therapy clinic, maybe even teach a sports medicine class at the school you
    work at. There are very limited opportunities for working in professional sports,
    but it is possible too. The ATC’s role is prevention (taping, wrapping, educating), assessment (on the field and in the training room), treatment and rehabilitation of the athletes/student athletes’ injuries (acute or chronic).
    I had a lot of fun when I worked as an ATC and often miss it.
    . . Hope I helped! Good luck.


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