Electrical Brain Stimulation Could Help Relieve Fibromyalgia Pain, Study Suggests

Electrical Brain Stimulation Could Help Relieve Fibromyalgia Pain, Study Suggests
Ten sessions of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), a technique that stimulates certain areas of the brain with electrical impulses, could provide pain relief for patients with fibromyalgia, according to the results of a small clinical trial. The study, “Effects of transcranial direct current stimulation on pain, mood and serum endorphin level in the treatment of fibromyalgia: A double blinded, randomized clinical trial,” was published in the journal Brain Stimulation. In the past decade, several studies have shown that patients with fibromyalgia have changes in brain activity. These findings prompted researchers to evaluate the effects of neuromodulatory techniques on reversing brain hyperactivation and relieving chronic pain associated with fibromyalgia. Two relatively new forms of neuromodulatory techniques are tDCS and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). tDCS uses electrical currents to stimulate specific parts of the brain. It is noninvasive and painless. TMS also is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. Researchers launched a double-blinded, randomized clinical trial (
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