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Mind-Body Therapy Shows Promise for Fibromyalgia

A form of therapy that focuses on the role of emotions in physical pain may offer relief to people with fibromyalgia.  A study of 45 women with fibromyalgia found that those who learned a technique called "affective self-awareness" were more likely to experience a significant reduction in their pain.

46 percent of the women had a 30-percent or greater reduction in their pain severity. Study participants who were assigned to a wait-list for therapy did not show a similar decline in pain.

According to Reuters:

“The precise cause of fibromyalgia is unknown -- there are no physical signs, such as inflammation and tissue damage in the painful area -- but some researchers believe the disorder involves problems in how the brain processes pain signals.  Standard treatments include painkillers, antidepressants, cognitive-behavioral therapy and exercise therapy. However, many people with fibromyalgia find that their symptoms -- pain, in particular -- persist despite treatment.”

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