Combined Ultralaser Treatment Applied to Hands Eases Fibromyalgia Pain, Study Reports

Combined Ultralaser Treatment Applied to Hands Eases Fibromyalgia Pain, Study Reports
A technique called ultralaser, which combines low-intensity laser light with therapeutic ultrasound, applied to the hands of women with fibromyalgia markedly reduced their pain, according to a pilot study. The study, “Could Hands be a New Treatment to Fibromyalgia? A Pilot Study,” appeared in the Journal of Novel Physiotherapies. Current treatment approaches for fibromyalgia include medications, physical exercise, dietary changes, and psychotherapy. Low-intensity laser application is used for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and for improving energy production in cells, while therapeutic ultrasound is well-known for easing pain. A team from the Optics and Photonics Research Center in Brazil developed a prototype that enables the simultaneous use of ultrasonic emission and light energy, or ultrasound plus laser, an approach they are calling ultralaser. A total of 48 women with fibromyalgia, ages 40-65, were divided into six groups of eight patients each, who received either the combined ultralaser strategy, only laser, or only ultrasound, applied to the palms of the hands or to a tender point located in the trapezius muscle (in the back). Tender points are areas of tenderness around joints typically used to diagnose fibromyalgia. Researchers decided to test the palms of the hands based on the reported high number of sensory nerve fibers near blood vessels in the hands of fibro
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