Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Body Awareness at the Center of Recent Study

Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Body Awareness at the Center of Recent Study
Researchers from Belgium have found that increased body awareness could positively impact anxiety, depression and health-related-quality-of-life in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. The study, titled Effectiveness of Body Awareness Interventions in Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis, appeared January 19th in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapy. Fibromyalgia is the most frequently occurring musculoskeletal condition after osteoarthritis. Unfortunately it is often misdiagnosed or even disregarded. Symptoms include muscle pain, joint pain and fatigue. Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition of continued tiredness that does not diminish with rest and is not directly caused by a different specific medication condition. Body awareness refers to an understanding of where one's body is in space. It combines the sense of balance (vestibular), feeling of touch (tactile), and sense of position (proprioceptive) sensory systems. These three systems in combination make up what is referred to as body awareness. The authors, led by Imke Courtois of the Reval Research Center, University Hasselt, conducted a meta-analysis of the research that has been published on the topic of body awareness and its impact on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. They found a total of 29 articles. The studies demonstrated that increased body awareness has positive effects on several measurements, including the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (a standard assessment of health, physical function and symptoms), reduced pain, reduced depression, reduced anxiety and improvements in Health Related Quality of Life (HRQoL). Results between studies were variable across studies for the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire and
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