Fibromyalgia Pain, Fatigue Ably Treated with Mind Body Therapies, Review Finds

Fibromyalgia Pain, Fatigue Ably Treated with Mind Body Therapies, Review Finds
Mind body therapies (MBTs) are promising therapeutic approaches for chronic rheumatic diseases, including fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), and improve both mental and physical health, according to a review titled “Mind body therapies in rehabilitation of patients with rheumatic diseases,” published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practise. MBTs include both concentration-based therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnosis, and guided imagery, as well as movement-based therapies with a low physical impact. These range from traditional Asian practices like Yoga, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi, to the more recent  somatic techniques, including body awareness technique, Mensendieck system, Feldenkrais method, Pilates, Alexander technique, Rosen Method Bodywork, the Rességuier method, and the Body Movement and Perception approach. What all have in common is placing emphasis on the mind's ability to  influence health and disease symptoms, and focusing work more on perception and relaxation than physical exercise. Angela Del Rosso and Susanna Maddali-Bongi from the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine at the University of Florence, Italy, gathered the evidence of published studies on the effects of MBTs in FMS patients. Results showed that in this and similar chronic conditions the therapies' multidisciplinary approach was beneficial, with mindfulness-based stress reduction programs improving FMS patients’ quality of life, pain, anxiety, depression, and somatic complaints. S
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