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Abstract

Individuals with fibromyalgia, a musculoskeletal syndrome, suffer from potentially debilitating symptoms that include pain, tenderness, and fatigue. Because symptoms of fibromyalgia are difficult for others to see, family members and practitioners may not believe the individual is suffering. The combination of a diagnosis of a debilitating disease and the disbelief of people in one’s life can lead to depression. Exercise has been shown to decrease physical and psychological symptoms in individuals with fibromyalgia. This study looks at the psychological benefit of water aerobics in individuals with fibromyalgia. Significant decreases in pain and depression scores were found at post-test and follow-up, suggesting that water aerobics may help improve physical and psychological well-being.

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