Acupuncture, Core Stability Training Improve Balance and Posture in FM Patients, Study Finds

Acupuncture, Core Stability Training Improve Balance and Posture in FM Patients, Study Finds
Acupuncture and core stability training significantly improve balance and postural control in women with fibromyalgia, potentially reducing their risk of falls, results from a clinical trial suggest. The results of the study, "Effectiveness of acupuncture vs. core stability training in balance and functional capacity of women with fibromyalgia: a randomized controlled trial," were published in the journal Clinical Rehabilitation. Balance often is impaired in people with fibromyalgia, and puts patients at a higher risk of falls. Exercise and acupuncture both have been recommended for the management of the disease, but so far no studies have addressed whether acupuncture and core stability training also benefit patients' balance. To find out, researchers at the University of Extremadura in Spain conducted a clinical trial (NCT03638518) in which 135 women with fibromyalgia were assigned randomly to one of the two approaches, given over 10 sessions, or to no intervention (controls). Women in the exercise group participated in physical therapy sessions designed to improve their core stability. The program included seven exercises, and the goal was explained to participants before initiating the treatment sessions. The acupuncture group received treatment tailored to fibromyalgia patients, as interpreted by traditional Chinese medicine. This included five needle insertions in each session, one at the highest point in the head, two in the anterior region of the lower legs, and one on each foot. The trial's main goal was to determine if the interventions improved static balance, dynamic balance, and functional mobility. Static balance was assessed by asking participants to stand in a platform, using both legs or only one, during 30 seconds. In turn,
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