Distraction Equally Effective at Reducing Pain in Fibromyalgia Patients as Healthy People, Study Suggests

Distraction Equally Effective at Reducing Pain in Fibromyalgia Patients as Healthy People, Study Suggests
A new study indicates that distraction is as effective a tool in reducing pain in patients with fibromyalgia as it is in healthy people, which is contrary to previous research. The study, "Task interference and distraction efficacy in patients with fibromyalgia: an experimental investigation," was published in the journal Pain. Pain can interfere significantly with daily tasks, and while that is unintentional, pain can, to some extent, be controlled. Some studies have shown that various techniques such as directing attention away from pain by engaging in an unrelated task may actually reduce pain and related distress. Only a few studies have assessed both tasks and distractions and their effects on pain. Also, studies have suggested that patients with fibromyalgia have a decreased ability to control pain compared to healthy individuals. Now, researchers sought to investigate whether the interference of pain while doing tasks (called task interference) and the ability to distract oneself from pain (called distraction efficacy) were different between fibromyalgia patients and a matched healthy control group. Researchers recruited 49 fibromyalgia patients and 49 healthy volunteers and instructed them to perform two tasks as quickly as possible. The first task was a visual localization task. Participants had to locate a black square on a screen that measured 1 cm-by-1 cm in the presence of non-painful vibrating, or painful electrical stimuli. This was designated as the distraction task. The second task was a so
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  1. zahra says:

    hi
    could you give me valid source on your article? I’m working on my thesis and I’m in dire need of some valid source on fibromyalgia.

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