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Infographic. Effects of exercise in patients with fibromyalgia: an umbrella review
  1. Alexandro Andrade1,
  2. Fábio Hech Dominski1,2
  1. 1 Laboratory of Sport and Exercise Psychology (Lape) - College of Health and Sport Science (Cefid), Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (UDESC), Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil
  2. 2 Physical Education, Univille University, Joinville, Santa Catarina, Brazil
  1. Correspondence to Dr Alexandro Andrade, Laboratory of Sport and Exercise Psychology (Lape), Santa Catarina State University, Florianopolis, Santa Catarina – ZIP Code 88080-350, Brazil; alexandro.andrade.Phd{at}

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Fibromyalgia (FM) syndrome is a complex disease thus making it difficult to diagnose. FM is characterised as a musculoskeletal disease, with generalised pain in four of the five regions (quadrants and axial skeleton) for a period of >3 months, associated to psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, fatigue and deteriorating mental health which directly affect the quality of life, work performance, and social and occupational functions.1 2

FM has been treating with exercise. It is important to evaluate the exercise modality that presents the best results in reducing symptoms in terms of several variables. In our recent umbrella review3 of systematic reviews and meta-analyses published in the Seminars in Arthritis and …

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  • Collaborators Ruy Luiz Lorenzetti Branco, Laboratory of Sport and Exercise Psychology (Lape) of the Santa Catarina State University (Udesc)–Florianópolis (SC), Brazil.

  • Contributors All coauthors contributed to the design of the infographic and reviewing and revising the text. All authors approved the final version to be published and are accountable for all aspects of the work.

  • Funding The infographic was funded by the Research Innovation Support Foundation of the State of Santa Catarina (FAPESC) under Grant PAP 04/2016, and by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior-Brazil (CAPES)–Finance Code 001.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.