Oxygen Therapy Similar to Exercise in Easing Fibromyalgia Pain, Study Suggests

Oxygen Therapy Similar to Exercise in Easing Fibromyalgia Pain, Study Suggests
Low-pressure hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is comparable to a two-month program of low-impact physical exercise in easing pain, and increasing endurance and function in women with fibromyalgia, a small study suggested. As such, HBOT may the optimal approach for women with high levels of pain and fatigue, its scientists said. The study, “Comparative study of the effectiveness of a low-pressure hyperbaric oxygen treatment and physical exercise in women with fibromyalgia: randomized clinical trial,” was published in the journal Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease. Physical exercise is a common non-pharmacological treatment for fibromyalgia patients. In particular, low-intensity exercise has been shown to reduce perceived pain, resulting in lesser fatigue and a better quality of life.  However, the widespread pain experienced by patients can make exercise difficult. As such, alternative non-pharmacological therapies to ease pain and fatigue need to be investigated.  HBOT involves d
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