Stretching Exercises For Fibromyalgia To Help Relieve Pain

stretching exercises for fibromyalgia

Stretching helps boost blood circulation, which eases stiffness and tenderness of your muscles, two of the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia. Moreover, stretching can also help to boost your coordination and stability. Here are some stretching exercises for fibromyalgia to help manage and improve pain.

Side Bend

Simply stand on your feet, shoulder width apart and inhale. Bend slowly to the right and stretch your left arm overhead while resting your right hand on your right thigh. Hold for one second and return slowly to upright position. Repeat the same exercise in opposite direction.

Shoulder Rolls

Stand with your shoulders relaxed, while both arms are on your sides. Straighten your body and slowly roll your shoulders up going towards your ears then backward. Relax your neck and then gently roll your shoulders forward in order to return to the starting position. Do ten repetitions of this exercise.


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  1. says: Caroline {Caz] Reed

    I am disabled without having the extra Fibro diagnoses on top & the stretching exercises though beneficial would have me on the floor if I even attempted them, can you therefore also do some exercises suitable for people like me or that are in wheelchairs etc… as I’m sure this would help all Fibro sufferers

    1. says: Pat

      I don’t know if you can access the NHS website but if you look under fitness and then yoga and Pilates they have a selection of exercises to suit your needs

  2. says: Lynda

    Except for exercises 2 and 3 these are not an option. I’m 70 years old and have had fibromyalgia for 31 years. I’m also diabetic . My back is one of my major issues and especially in the last few years has progressed so that even walking is a huge issue. I used to walk my dogs and several foster dogs twice a day. I no longer foster as I have moved into an apartment and had to rehome my own dog. I was not able to walk them anymore, it wasn’t fair for them. I miss walking and hope to us some of the equipment in the gym in my apartment block. Those exercises you showed would just. Ever happen.

  3. says: Martha Rodriguez

    I’ve tried all of these but I’m always hurting.I also have Osteoporosis and I have an artificial hip replacement. I’ve gone to PT 3X and I just feel more pain.

  4. says: Jeanne Formanski

    I agree with all of the other people who have spoken about the various stretching exercises that they have been trying to continue for years to see if it will help their fibromyalgia pain issues. I have taken PT for at least 15-20years, participated in several sessions of warm water aqua aerobics,followed through with my home health exercises, walked my dog and was even an OTR/L as a professional therefore;knowing the importance of exercise and using my knowledge of UE exercises but I can’t stop the pain or advancement of the fibromyalgia which I find terribly frustrating and depressing.

  5. says: Carolyn

    Jeanne F. You sound like a fighter and I don’t know how old you are but don’t give up. I’m 70 and I think I’m just waiting to die. I used to be active but now I feel less pain laying in bed or sitting with the puppies. I have Fibro all over and a bad back and I just need to get involved with my craft room again. Anything to get my mind off my pain . Good luck andprayers for everyone.

  6. says: Jan de Jong

    I am also 70 yrs. old and am waiting to die because life is too much pain.
    I’m in a flare now since my jaws are in great pain . Humid summer heat is hard to bear. I am praying for all that suffer from fibromyalgia that we will be given comfort and strength to bear up under the pain.

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