Physical Exercise and Psychological Interventions Complement Usual Medical Care in Lupus
Over the last two decades more research has been conducted which looks at non pharmacological therapies as a potential adjunct (add on) treatment to relieve lupus symptoms such a pain, fatigue, depression, quality of life and disease activity. Researchers in this study conducted an updated literature review to bring together major findings and allow for some conclusions to be drawn.
Findings from this effort concluded that physical exercise and psychological interventions showed promising results as additions to traditional medical care for improvement in fatigue, depression, pain and quality of life. However, the research analyzed included studies with relatively small sample sizes in each. This means that further large scale controlled studies with longer follow up periods are needed to better understand the long term impact on symptom management and improvements in quality of life. Learn about five benefits of exercise for managing lupus.