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Being active with fibromyalgia

If you're active, you'll feel less pain and stiffness from fibromyalgia. You'll also notice that your mood, general health and sleep are better too. But it’s important to be careful with how much exercise you do and when. Doing too much, too soon could cause a flare up, so the key is to start gently and progress slowly.

There are three types of exercise that are important for fibromyalgia.

Tips for being active with Fibromyalgia

If you would like some specific advice and support with being more active, talk to your GP or practice nurse. They may be able to refer you to a physiotherapist for a PhysioFITT programme.

Under the PhysioFITT programme, a physiotherapist (or physio) can assess your individual needs and develop an activity plan tailored to you. This plan will help you overcome whatever has made it hard to exercise, and improve your health, wellbeing or performance. You're likely to have three or four sessions with your physiotherapist over three to six months, depending on how much support and advice you want.

PhysioFITT is a private programme, and you'll be charged for it. It's available from any private physiotherapist in Canterbury. You can find a physiotherapist near you by searching on Physiotherapy New Zealand's website.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by rheumatologist, Department of Rheumatology, Immunology & Allergy, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed December 2017.

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