Floristry Classes Help Ease Pain and Promote Mental Well-being in Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Finds

Floristry Classes Help Ease Pain and Promote Mental Well-being in Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Finds
Participating in a flower arranging course may ease both pain and improve the mental health of women with fibromyalgia, a study reports. Its findings highlight the potential of floristry as an occupational therapy with benefits for the quality of life of people with the condition. The study "The Powers of Flowers: Evaluating the Impact of Floral Therapy on Pain and Psychiatric Symptoms in Fibromyalgia" was published in the journal IMAJ. As little is known about the root cause of fibromyalgia, treatments thus far have focused on relieving symptoms. Fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic, widespread pain and fatigue, and is often accompanied by other conditions such as bowel disorders and headaches, as well as depression and mood disorders. Current treatment guidelines recommend a multimodal approach that includes aerobic exercise and cognitive behavioral therapy, in addition to medications. Recently, alternatives like occupational and art therapy have emerged as potentially beneficial. Researchers with Sheba Medical Center and Tel Aviv University, in Israel, decided to test if taking part on a weekly course on flower design could alleviate pain and psychiatric symptoms in fibromyalgia patients. The idea was based on the observation that being in touch with natural environments, specifically horticultural therapy or gardening, promotes relaxation and has a "beneficial impact on mental health and gener
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