Fibromyalgia Sufferers Require Physical Exercise
Fibromyalgia, or FM, is a chronic disorder that causes musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and issues with sleep, mood, and memory. Years of research have shown that exercise is highly effective for fibromyalgia management. This includes regular physical exercise and other forms of manipulating one’s musculature system such as massage, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, and stretching. Now cutting-edge exergames are proving to be an effective treatment as well.
Why Are Virtual Exergames So Effective?
Virtual exercise therapy provides an overall better quality of life for users by aiding in the restoration of their physical functioning. VirtualEx-FM, the exergames system used in the study, uses specific games to improve balance and mobility and decrease fear of falling.
Another incredible component of this exergame system, according to the researchers, is that it has built in software to track the movements of the participants, and it provides real-time feedback about their movement patterns.
This allows the technician, who is controlling the program while the participants are using it, to adjust the level of difficulty for each individual user. No other form of therapy can precisely tailor treatment for each individual FM patient as precisely and quickly as the VirtualEx-FM system.