Massage Therapy to Neck Muscles May Help With Pain of Fibromyalgia

Massage Therapy to Neck Muscles May Help With  Pain of Fibromyalgia
A form of massage therapy that applies moderate pressure on the neck muscles, given in short twice-weekly sessions, significantly lowered perceptions of pain in women with fibromyalgia, results of a small clinical trial show. A correlation was also found between pain and anger-hostility scores, as well as fatigue and sleep measures in these women, and the researchers suggested it might be a suitable treatment option. The study, "Effects of Manual Therapy on Fatigue, Pain, and Psychological Aspects in Women with Fibromyalgia," was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic widespread pain, fatigue, sleep problems, and psychiatric disorders such as depression, affecting quality of life and overall well-being. Approaches such as exercise, education, and physical therapy are known to be effective in easing disease symptoms. But whether manual therapy, a form of massage therapy that works on soft tissues and joints, also benefits in this population is unclear. Manual therapy, using the hands to apply rhythmic pressure to specific regions, is known to help improve or maintain physical function and relieve pain in otherwise healthy people. Such problems as chronic back pain,
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