Therapy Relieves Fibromyalgia Symptoms
of Granada researchers in 2011 have proven that music therapy combined
with other relax techniques based on guided imagery reduces significantly
pain, depression and anxiety, and improves sleep among patients suffering
this therapy enhances patients' quality of life. This pioneer experimental
study in Europe has shown that these two techniques enhance the well-being
and personal power of patients with fibromyalgia, who are allowed
to take part in their treatment.
research study was conducted with patients suffering from fibromyalgia
from the provinces of Granada, Almería and Córdoba,
Spain. They undertook a basal test at the beginning of the treatment,
a post-basal test four weeks after the intervention, and another post-basal
test eight weeks after the intervention, at the end of the study.
applied a relaxation technique based on guided imagery and music
therapy to patients, in a series of sessions conducted by a researcher.
Patients were given a CD to listen at home. Then, researchers measured
a number of variables associated to the main symptoms of fribromyalgia
as pain intensity, quality of life, impact of the condition
on patient's daily life, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, self-efficiency,
well-being. Then, patients were given the chance to participate in
their own treatment through an understanding of their condition.
is a chronic condition that affects and conditions patients' social,
personal and working life and requires a multidisciplinary approach
developed by a team of physicians, pysiotherapists, experts in physical
activity and sport, psychologists and nurses.
to University of Granada researchers, their study confirms that the
art of relaxation with guided imagery and receptive music therapy
is effective in the alternative symptomatic treatment of this condition.
cost, easy implementation, numerous advantages, and the fact that
patients can get involved in their treatment at home are some of the
many advantages of this technique.
researchers state that "further empirical research studies are
needed to address other physiological variables associated with the
well-being generated by these two techniques, and that analyse patients'
self-efficiency and personal power to get involved in their own treatment.
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