Review Finds Nondrug, Complementary Health Approaches Effective for Pain Relief in Fibromyalgia, Other Conditions

Review Finds Nondrug, Complementary Health Approaches Effective for Pain Relief in Fibromyalgia, Other Conditions
Results from a review of U.S.-based clinical trials indicate that some popular complementary health techniques — such as yoga, tai chi, and acupuncture — are effective in helping to manage common pain conditions, including fibromyalgia. The review, titled “Evidence-Based Evaluation of Complementary Health Approaches for Pain Management in the United States,” was published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The most recent national estimate suggests that 126 million adults experience some pain in a given year, with about one-third having severe pain. Pain is often associated with poor general health, health-related disability, and increased healthcare utilization.  But pain is still routinely under-treated in healthcare and the pain care that is provided is often fragmented without a comprehensive assessment or treatment plan. Also, patients may find it difficult obtaining the full range of potential treatments. Medications may provide only partial relief from chronic pain and can have unwanted side effects. As a result, many people turn to complementary and alternative health approaches as part of their pain management strategy. However, primary care providers have lacked the scientific evidence to guide recommendations for their patients. The new review, conducted by a team of researchers from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), gives primary
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