Health Education Program, Aquatic Physiotherapy Benefit Fibromyalgia Patients, Small Study Suggests

Health Education Program, Aquatic Physiotherapy Benefit Fibromyalgia Patients, Small Study Suggests
Participating in either aquatic physiotherapy or a health education program has health benefits for people with fibromyalgia, according to a new study. However, it remains unclear whether one intervention was superior to the other, or if they might be best used in combination. The study with that finding, "Effects of aquatic physiotherapy or health education program in women with fibromyalgia: a randomized clinical trial," was published in the journal Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. When it comes to managing the symptoms of fibromyalgia, every person is different; there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach that works for everyone. Medication often is helpful, but non-pharmacological interventions also can be effective. The most common interventions in this category include acupuncture, physiotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, aquatic physiotherapy (AP) and health education programs (HEP). In the new study, researchers compared, for the first time, the effects of AP, which involves doing exercises in a heated pool, and HEP, in which participants learn about health. The particular program used in the study was the Inter-relational School of Fibromyalgia (ISF), which focuses on educating people with fibromyalgia about the disease and helping them cope with its symptoms. The study included 46 individuals with fibromyalgia; all of them were female, between 25 and 60 years old, with a BMI lower than 30
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