Exercise as a treatment for Fibromyalgia : A Scoping Review

Lilo Fink, Walden University


Fibromyalgia is a chronic, disabling condition that is both challenging to manage and frustrating for the patient and primary care provider. The aim of this scoping review is to explore how nondrug treatments, such as exercise, can reduce pain and promote physical function in adults with fibromyalgia (FMS). The body of literature on exercise as a treatment for FMS has identified beneficial effects, but there is no standardized approach for prescribing an exercise regimen in primary care. We conclude with a synthesis of general recommendations for exercise approaches to support care for patients with FMS.