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Archive for the 'Fibromyalgia' Category

Electroacupuncture and health-related quality of life and heart rate in fibromyalgia

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Fibromyalgia affects 2% of Mexicans, of which 80% to 90% are women. This study examined the effects of electroacupuncture on health-related quality of life and heart rate variability in women with fibromyalgia.

First, the details

Twenty women with fibromyalgia received a 10-weeks of electroacupuncture. Primary outcome measures were the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, the Short Form 36 Health Survey Questionnaire, and heart rate variability.

 

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Pain sensitivity as a predictor of response to sham acupuncture

Friday, April 19th, 2013

acupunctureMan111Studies of acupuncture to treat chronic pain have largely failed to demonstrate an advantage of traditional acupuncture over sham acupuncture.

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Harvard Medical School studied whether the degree of enhanced sensitivity to experimental-pressure pain (hyperalgesia) may be a factor in determining whether a patient responds to sham acupuncture treatment. (more…)

Music to manage chronic pain

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Treating chronic pain is challenging. Often, the reason for the pain isn’t clear and may require combinations of treatments before finding relief, if then.

Researchers at the Centre Mémoire de Ressources et de Recherches, in Paris, France assessed the usefulness of their music intervention to manage patients with chronic pain. (more…)

Potential benefits of yoga for fibromyalgia

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition with widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, depression, and low cortisol levels.

Researchers at York University, in Toronto, Ontario, evaluated women with fibromyalgia before and after a yoga class. (more…)

Homeopathic treatments for psychiatric conditions

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Researchers in South Carolina conducted this review. (more…)

Review: Homeopathic treatments in psychiatry

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Really? (more…)

Status of hypnosis/guided imagery for fibromyalgia

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Researchers in Germany performed a systematic review of the evidence. (more…)

Plan to treat fibromyalgia pain in advance

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

MayoClinic.com tells us, “When fibromyalgia pain or fatigue is severe, you might not be thinking clearly… Having a plan to follow gives you a sense of control over your signs and symptoms.” (more…)

Are psychological treatments effective for fibromyalgia pain?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

fibromyalgiaSome are effective, some are promising, according to researchers from the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill. (more…)

Multidimensional benefits of yoga for patients with fibromyalgia

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Just once a week improved pain, fatigue, and depression, according to researchers at Oregon Health & Science University, in Portland. (more…)

Cannabinoids to treat chronic non-cancer pain

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Effective options to treat patients with chronic pain are limited.

Researchers at the University of Toronto reviewed lots of different forms of cannabis. (more…)

Fibromyalgia after 4 months of tai chi

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Researchers in Spain and Sweden measured the response to the effects of 4 month of tai chi in men with fibromyalgia. (more…)

Improving balance in fibromyalgia using whole-body vibration

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Whole-body vibration (WBV) is a treatment where a patient stands on a platform that oscillates at a particular frequency and amplitude, causing muscle contractions through stimulation of sensory receptors.

These devices are available over the Internet and generally viewed as a fad.

Researchers at the University of Extremadura, in Caceres, Spain, studied the effects of WBV on dynamic balance (balance while moving) in women with fibromyalgia. (more…)

Using the Internet to help manage fibromyalgia

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Researchers at The University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, developed an Internet-based exercise and behavioral self-management program to complement routine care for fibromyalgia. (more…)

Balneotherapy for fibromyalgia

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Researchers at the Istanbul Medical Faculty, in Turkey, studied the effects of balneotherapy alone and with physical therapies on the respiratory and other symptoms of fibromyalgia. (more…)

Massage-myofacial release therapy in fibromyalgia

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Fascia is the soft tissue component of connective tissue that supports and protects muscles. Myofascial release is a soft tissue therapy used to treat pain and restricted motion.

Researchers at the University of Almería, in Spain, looked for improvement in pain, anxiety, quality of sleep, depression, and quality of life. (more…)

Naprapathy

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Type “naprapathy” into Google and — you guessed it, — you’re asked, Did you mean: Naturopathy?

No…I meant N A P R A P A T H Y ? the stealthy CAM.

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Balneotherapy: 2 reviews of the evidence

Friday, October 29th, 2010

This review of balneotherapy comes from the Alfa Institute of Biomedical Sciences (AIBS), in Athens, Greece. (more…)

Fibromyalgia AWARE

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

The National Fibromyalgia Association publishes Fibromyalgia AWARE, a magazine targeted to patients with fibromyalgia.

It has been available for free online since the beginning of this year. (more…)

Reviewing chiropractic for fibromyalgia

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Prof. Ernst reviewed the evidence. (more…)