Clinical and Experimental Psychology

Kerstin Wentz

  • Research Article
    Exercise Induced Autonomic Disengagement and Pain in Women Presenting FM and Healthy Women: Analgesia and Blood Pressure
    Author(s): Kerstin Wentz and Trevor ArcherKerstin Wentz and Trevor Archer

    Objective: The aim of the present analysis was to examine physiological adaptation to a sub-maximal test by measuring blood pressure (BPR) from the perspective of the fibromyalgia (FM) pain experience. Method: Twenty-four women presenting FM and twenty-six healthy women were education- and age-matched. In their homes, all women completed questionnaires regarding background and health related quality of life (SF-36). All the women performed a stepwise load increment submaximal exercise test on a cycle ergometer to the severe perceived exertion level. Blood pressure was recorded before, during and after the test. Result: Women presenting FM showed higher baseline resting systolic BPR (SBPR) and diastolic BPR (DBPR) with higher SBPR and DBPR during the recovery phase. In both groups SBPR and DBPR were correlated at base line. Women presenting FM contrasted to healthy women by BPR measure.. View More»

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