Dance Therapy May Help Reduce Pain in Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Suggests
Dance can improve several aspects of fibromyalgia patients' lives because it reduces pain symptoms and anxiety.
The review study with that finding, “Effects of Dance on Pain in Patients with Fibromyalgia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,” was published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Physical activity is a common non-pharmacological strategy to reduce pain associated with multiple chronic conditions, including fibromyalgia.
Dancing has been adopted as a therapeutic exercise strategy. Apart from the improvements associated with most types of physical exercise, such as improving mental health and physical functions, dance also incorporates other aspects of the body and mind, such as rhythmic motor coordination, cognitive, emotions, affection, and social interaction.
“Through dance, patients can perform physical exercise but also develop the sense of self-control, which can lead to a decrease in feelings of anxiety that may contribute to the development of stress and pain experience,” researchers wrote.
To have better insights on the therapeutic potential of dance, Spanish researchers analyzed the data of seven published studies comprising a total of 335 patients with fibromyalgia. The studies focused on different group dance interventions, including biodance, aquatic biodance, dance movement therapy, and belly dance.
The duration of the dance programs ranged betwee