A systematic review of the effects of strength training in patients with fibromyalgia: clinical outcomes and design considerations

  title={A systematic review of the effects of strength training in patients with fibromyalgia: clinical outcomes and design considerations},
  author={Alexandro Andrade and Ricardo de Azevedo Klumb Steffens and Sofia Mendes Sieczkowska and Leonardo Alexandre Peyr{\'e} Tartaruga and Guilherme Torres Vilarino},
  journal={Advances in Rheumatology},
BackgroundFibromyalgia (FM) is characterized by chronic and generalized musculoskeletal pain. There is currently no cure for FM, but palliative treatments are available. One type of treatment is strength training (ST). However, there is a need for more information on optimal training protocols, intensity, and volume needed to improve symptoms. The aim of this study was to analyze the effects of ST in the treatment of FM through a systematic review of experimental research.MethodsMedical Subject… 

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