The use of complementary and integrative medicine
(CIM) continues to be extremely common among people with fibromyalgia
(FM), with many patients using spiritual healing, massage therapy, and spine manipulation (chiropractic treatments)
, a study from the Mayo Clinic
Incorporating these options may improve fibromyalgia management, so it is imperative for health care professionals to be aware of these various therapies, and know their efficacy, indications, and risks, the researchers said.
The investigators urge clinicians to screen for use of CIMs during their patient appointments and provide counseling accordingly.
The study, "Use of Complementary and Integrative Therapies by Fibromyalgia Patients: A 14-Year Follow-up Study,
" was published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings Innovations, Quality & Outcomes.
With no cure available for fibromyalgia, treatments focus on improving overall functioning and reducing symptoms.
Patients are known to respond better to a combination of approaches, for instance by complementing medical therapies with non-medication treatments.
Despite several recent advances, many people with fibromyalgia still experience long-term pain, and look for new or alternative ways to help relieve it. Many times, they turn t