‘Healthy Habits, Coping Strategies’ Program Seen to Ease Disease Symptoms in Study

‘Healthy Habits, Coping Strategies’ Program Seen to Ease Disease Symptoms in Study
A health education program that includes deep breathing, aerobic exercise, and relaxation methods, seems to stabilize cortisol levels and increase production of anti-inflammatory molecules, improving the condition of fibromyalgia patients, a small trial study shows.   The research, "Effects of a health education program on cytokines and cortisol levels in fibromyalgia patients: a randomized controlled trial," was published in Advances in Rheumatology. Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and memory and mood issues. Chronic pain, a hallmark of the condition, is brought on by alterations in the brain and the central nervous system, which cause the body to overreact to pain and other external stimuli, such as noise, smell, and bright lights. Current pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments for fibromyalgia try to ease chronic pain as much as possible. There has been some success using health education programs (HEP). "[HEP's] can induce healthy habits, coping strategies and empowerment, and their benefits have been demonstrated through clinical progress evaluations, that consider subjective variables such as pain level, fatigue, sleep quality, anxiety and depression," the study researchers wrote. At this point, it is still unclear whether these benefits are subjective, or can be reflected objectively from a biological and clini
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