Research: GORDON and co-authors,

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Abstract

GORDON and co-authors, Memorial Hospital of Union County, Marysville, OH 43043, USA, have studied massage in the treatment of fibromyalgia. The aim of the study was to investigate how a mechanical massage technique (LPG technique) could contribute to the treatment of fibromyalgia.

Background

The aim of the study was to investigate how a mechanical massage technique (LPG technique) could contribute to the treatment of fibromyalgia.

Methodology

In this feasibility study, 10 women with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia were enrolled. They received a total of 15 sessions of mechanical massage administered by a physical therapist once a week. The Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire and a physical examination scoring tender points were the main outcome measures. Evaluations were conducted at the screening visit, after 7 sessions, and after completion of 15 sessions.

Results

Most of the parameters (pain intensity, physical function, number of tender points) showed a significant improvement at the end of the treatment compared with baseline.

Conclusion

The findings suggest that massage might be beneficial for women with fibromyalgia, and support the need for a controlled clinical trial to determine its efficacy.

References

Gordon C, Emiliozzi C, Zartarian M. Use of a mechanical massage technique in the treatment of fibromyalgia: a preliminary study. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 87 (1): 145-147, Jan 2006.

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