Aquatic Physical Therapy in Fibromyalgia
Objective: To investigate whether patients undergoing aquatic physiotherapy in groups improve their functional capacity, by means of the distance covered in the six-minute walk test (6WT), and to compare this with a control group. Methods: Forty women that had not been practicing regular physical activity for one year were randomly allocated either to the Study Group (SG) to undergo an aquatic physiotherapy program in groups applied twice a week, including aerobic exercises, muscle strengthening and relaxation for 12 weeks, or to the Control Group (CG), which did not do any physical activity. Both groups maintained their treatment with medications. All patients underwent two evaluations: one at the start and the other after 12 weeks.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||A Randomized Clinical Trial of Aquatic Physiotherapy Program on Functional Capacity in Patients With Fibromyalgia.|
- functional capacity [ Time Frame: 2 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
|Study Start Date:||January 2007|
|Study Completion Date:||April 2007|
|Primary Completion Date:||February 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Other: aquatic physical therapy
The aquatic physiotherapy program for the SG was applied twice a week, in groups of six to seven people, with sessions lasting 40 minutes, over a 12-week period. The Control Group protocol included maintenance of the individuals' medication therapy and absence of any physical activity during the study period.
|São Camilo University Center|
|São Paulo, SP, Brazil, 04263 - 200|
|Principal Investigator:||Rafaela O Gimenes, Ms||São Camilo University Center|