Nordic walking in fibromyalgia: a means of promoting fitness that is easy for busy clinicians to recommend
Oregon Health & Science University, Mail Code SN-ORD, 3455 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd, Portland, OR 97239, USA
Arthritis Research & Therapy 2011, 13:103 doi:10.1186/ar3225
See related research by Mannerkorpi et al., http://arthritis-research.com/content/12/5/R189Published: 16 February 2011
A total of 67 women with fibromyalgia were recruited to an exercise study and were randomized to moderate-to-high-intensity Nordic walking (age 48 ± 7.8 years) or to a control group engaging in supervised low-intensity walking (age 50 ± 7.6 years). A total of 58 patients completed. Significantly greater improvement in the 6-minute walk test was found in the Nordic walking group (P = 0.009), compared with the low-intensity walking group. A significantly larger decrease in exercise heart rate (P = 0.020) and significantly improved scores on the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire Physical function (P = 0.027) were found in the Nordic walking group as compared with the low-intensity walking group. No between-group difference was found for the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire total or pain scores. The authors conclude that moderate-to-high intensity aerobic exercise by means of Nordic walking twice a week for 15 weeks was found to be a feasible mode of exercise, resulting in improved functional capacity and a decreased level of activity limitations.