Online Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Reduced Fibromyalgia Symptoms, Canadian Study Shows

Online Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Reduced Fibromyalgia Symptoms, Canadian Study Shows
An online version of the acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), a treatment based on mindfulness and acceptance strategies, significantly reduces the symptoms of fibromyalgia, according to Canadian researchers. The study with those findings, “Randomized controlled trial of online acceptance and commitment therapy for fibromyalgia,” were reported in The Journal of Pain. Recently, ACT has been proposed as a possible method to fight fibromyalgia symptoms, which include  chronic pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and sleep and concentration problems. ACT is a cognitive-, behavioral-based intervention that relies on mindfulness and acceptance strategies to reduce the patient’s perception of symptoms. It involves six interrelated processes — acceptance, contact with the present moment, self as context, cognitive defusion (“thoughts simply as thoughts”), connecting with personal values, willingness and commitment. ACT has been shown to reduce the negative impact of fibromyalgia in several randomized, controlled studies. With that in mind, researchers at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Canada, evaluated, for the first time, the effectiveness of an online ACT protocol in patients with fibromyalgia. A total of 67 participants were enrolled in the study and assigned to receive either the online ACT, or the standard treatments for these patients (termed in the study as "treatment as usual" (TAU). Particip
Subscribe or to access all post and page content.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *