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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2 comments

  1. Carolyn Mooney says:

    The problem being, who can afford the complementary therapies…..insurance doesn’t cover it and while acupuncture helped me I could not afford to continue to go twice a week.

  2. Grace from Australia says:

    I have tried some of these activities but found that yoga increases the pain in my upper body and feet because it’s too much stress on shoulders, hands and arms and also legs and feet. The same happened (feet and legs) with Tai Chi.Pilates, supervised by a physio and sometimes adapted according to my pain levels seemed the best. Massage is the only thing that really keeps me going. With fibro-myalgia every activity that I do too much or too long will get all muscles knotted up. I have tried table-tennis for a while and really enjoyed however I already I a few months extreme pain in my heels, feet and legs which I cannot get rid of.

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