Dancing away your pain!

Get your grove on and dance your pain away!

Ever imagined yourself belly dancing your pains away? Shaking your hips, flowing with the rhythm and to the beat of the drums, letting yourself dance the pain away!

Well, a recent research study done at the Federal University of São Paulo proves that by simply keeping active, you can improve your quality of life. They wanted to show that belly dancing could be an effective treatment for pain in fibromyalgia patients.

The entire study consisted of 80 females, ½ of which was a control group, ages 18-65. To qualify, all the participants’ course of treatment should of not changed in three years preceding the study.

All the dance students “ took one-hour belly dance classes twice a week for 16 weeks… Each class had a maximum of eight students. The classes were administered by a physiotherapist with eight years of experience in belly dance. Classes began with a warm-up exercise, followed by the predetermined movements for the day, choreography and a cool-down exercise. The participants received a compact disc with music and an exercise book with the history and movements proposed for the program. Beginning in the fourth week, a set sequence of movements in the form of choreography was established for memorization and training at home.” (via)

In order to measure the outcome of the dance program, all the dancers where asked how they felt at three different times during the program. They were questioned before they started, again at 16 weeks, and lastly at 32 weeks. The number of questions the dancers were asked gave the researchers an in depth view on the outcome of the study. Everything was examined in order to have a complete patient profile including; pain levels, physical functionality (aka the 6 minute walk test), and quality of life questionnaires. Some of the quality of life questionnaires included but not limited to the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, pain, functionality, vitality, mental and emotional states, social aspects, and self-image.

Now, not to bore you with all the facts and figures of all the results, here’s the jest of the study: GET MOVING! No, really folks, seriously the “control group” of dancers slowly progressed on all the quality of life tests. Having said that, an interesting thing happened with the fibromyalgia group of dancers; at the 16-week mark, on most of their testing perimeters, their functionality scales became slightly worse than from were they started. But, not giving up does pay off! By the end of the 32-week course, the functionality scales perimeters went dramatically up for the dancers with fibromyalgia.

What does this all mean? Remember when your Mom would tell you it’s going to get worse before it gets better? That statement is true for when you add an exercise program into your life. Remember to take little steps toward finding a path that is healthy for you. Don’t try to go do an all night dance-a-thon on your first week, but try walking for ten minutes in the morning. Just remember, don’t give up. Keep your body moving. Keep stretching and keep a positive outlook on life.

In my never ending search for more information, I found this great website/ blog on dancing for pain relief! Check it out here-> http://dancingwithpain.com
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For more information on the clinical trial please see-> Effectiveness of Dance on Patients With Fibromyalgia

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About Amy Higgins
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4 Responses to Dancing away your pain!

  1. This sounded like a really interesting study! I am actually quite surprised that I haven’t heard more about this particular clinical study on fibromyalgia. However, I have to say that I am not too surprised by these results. There are a few studies which have looked into the effect of doing some form of exercise and what it can do for people with various medical conditions. Whether it be playing soccer for men with hypertension, practicing tai-chi for people with COPD, or even working out for people who may be at risk for Alzheimer’s, the results all seem to support the benefits of regular physical fitness.

  2. Marta Minter says:

    I totally agree that exercising it’s good for Fibromyalgia sufferers. I’ve started to go to the gym twice a week and I feel much better. Exercise warms my muscles and makes me feel stronger. I understand that there are times when the pain is so severe that you can’t think of moving, however there will be a period when you are going to be better and that is when you should start exercising. Dancing will be my nest step.

  3. it was right that you may ease the pain of your body when you learn to do some stuff of belly dancing moves cause it will lead you to healthy way of leaving and a better way of exercising yourself.

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