Electroacupuncture Treatment Appears to Reduce Fibromyalgia Pain, Review Shows

Electroacupuncture Treatment Appears to Reduce Fibromyalgia Pain, Review Shows
Electric stimulation in combination with traditional Chinese acupuncture (electroacupuncture) may be an effective method to reduce pain in fibromyalgia patients, according to the conclusion of a systematic review that assessed the effects of electric stimulation on fibromyalgia pain. The study, “Electric Stimulation for Pain Relief in Patients with Fibromyalgia: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials,” was published in the journal Pain Physician. The study's protocol (CRD42015025323) was registered in PROSPERO, the International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews. Treating fibromyalgia patients is mainly focused on providing pain relief and improving their physical abilities to perform daily life tasks and their overall quality of life. Fitness, strengthening exercises, and electric stimulation (ES) are some of the nonpharmacological therapies recommended in recently published treatment guidelines. ES is a treatment option used to enhance the natural pain inhibition systems. This method can be invasive, such as electroacupuncture, auricular electroacupuncture, and electrical heat acupuncture — or noninvasive, such as transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation, auricular transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). ES has been shown to effectively reduce pain in several acute and chronic pain clinical conditions,
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