Pain is one of the major problems in haemodialysis patients. Regular resistance exercise (RE), as an effective lifestyle modification, may play a role in reducing pain through changes in blood pressure (BP). Therefore, we aimed to evaluate the effect of RE training on pain, BP, and heart rate. In a randomised controlled trial, eighteen sedentary women completed the study in RE (n=10) or control (n=8) groups. In the exercise group, the patients had a circuit RE program in non-dialysis days, two times a week, for six weeks. The RE protocol consisted of six exercises performing with 10 repetitions at 50-60% of 1-repetition maximum. Resting and intradialytic pain threshold (algometer using a 1 kg pressure load), BP, and heart rate were measured 48 h before and after the intervention. There were no significant differences from pre- to post-intervention, or between the groups regarding pain threshold, systolic and diastolic BP, and heart rate at rest and during the haemodialysis process (P>0.05). Although the 6-week low-intensity RE training in non-dialysis days was safe for chronic haemodialysis women, it could not change resting and intradialytic pain and hemodynamic measures.
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