Music therapy relieves fibromyalgia symptoms and improves patients quality of life

EurekAlert!, 05/27/2011

Researchers 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 from fibromyalgia. Thus, this therapy enhances patients' quality of life. The researchers 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.

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