Research- fibromyalgia and massage therapy

Research- fibromyalgia and massage therapy

Dr. Tiffany Field and her colleagues at the University of Miami’s Touch Research Institute have completed two studies on the effects of massage therapy on fibromyalgia. The study Massage therapy and transcutaneous electrical stimulation effects on fibromyalgia, recruited 30 adult female fibromyalgia patients not receiving any other treatment at the time of the study. Divided into three groups, they received massage therapy, TENS, or sham TENS. The results showed the most symptom improvement in the massage therapy group; the TENS group had more improvement than the sham TENS group.

Improvements in the massage therapy recipients included fewer symptoms at the end of the study, including less pain, less stiffness, less fatigue and fewer nights of difficult sleeping. Only the group receiving massage therapy showed decreasing levels of anxiety and depression on both the first and last days of the study. To view an abstract of this study, and a second study conducted by Dr. Field and her colleagues, follow this link to the Touch Research Institute. This study can be found in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology,2, 18-22.