Vibroacoustic Stimulation Can Ease Symptoms, Improve Sleep in Some Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Contends

Vibroacoustic Stimulation Can Ease Symptoms, Improve Sleep in Some Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Contends
Vibroacoustic stimulation — delivering sound-driven vibrations to the skin while seated or lying in bed — can ease fibromyalgia symptoms, depression and everyday pain, as well as improve patients' sleep, a clinical study suggests. These findings provide preliminary evidence that a type of treatment called rhythmic sensory stimulation (RSS) may relieve fibromyalgia symptoms, supporting future investigations about the effects of this intervention on chronic pain. The study “A parallel randomized controlled trial examining the effects of rhythmic sensory stimulation on fibromyalgia symptoms” was published in the journal PLOS ONE. RSS is a broad term to describe the use of vibrations, sounds, and visual flickering stimuli applied in intermittent pulses or continuous forms. For example, the application of vibrations to the skin has been used to reduce acute pain and help rehabilitation in a variety of conditions. However, its benefit for chronic pain is less known. <
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