Editor's Comment: German researchers assessed the safety and effectiveness of treatment with vibration massage using a deep oscillation device for fibromyalgia. The technique is currently used by physiotherapists but also promoted for home-based self-application to stimulate the absorption of edema and reduce pain, as well as for its anti-inflammatory and antifibrous effects. However, it's safety and effectiveness for fibromyalgia had not been previously studied.
Sixty-three FM patients completed the trial. They received 45-minute treatments twice a week over a five-week period. Forty-one of the patients reported a total of 63 mild and short-lasting adverse events – mostly a worsening of prevalent FM symptoms. However, overall symptoms and quality of life were significantly improved at both the control and follow-up visits. The researchers concluded that vibration massage by deep oscillations is safe and and might provide sustained improvement in FM symptoms and quality of life.
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Safety and effectiveness of vibration massage by deep oscillations: a prospective observational study.
By Karin Kraft, et al.
The objective of this study is to assess the safety of treatment with vibration massage using a deep oscillation device and the effects on symptom severity and quality of life in patients with primary fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS).
Outpatients with FMS performed an observational prospective study with visits 2-4 weeks after the last treatment (control) and after further 2 months (follow-up). Patients were treated with 10 sessions of 45 min deep oscillation massage, 2/week. Primary outcome parameters were safety and tolerability (5-level Likert scale (1 = very good)) (after each treatment session and at control visit). Secondary outcome parameters were symptom severity (Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ), pain) and quality of life (SF-36). Seventy patients (97.1% females) were included.
At control visit, 41 patients (58.6%) reported 63 mild and short-lasting adverse events, mainly worsening of prevalent symptoms such as pain and fatigue. Tolerability was rated as 1.8 (95% confidence interval: 1.53; 2.07). Symptoms and quality of life were significantly improved at both control and follow-up visits (at least P < 0.01).
In conclusion, deep oscillation massage is safe and well tolerated in patients with FMS and might improve symptoms and quality of life rather sustained.
Source: Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, October 3, 2013. By Karin Kraft, Susanne Kanter and Hubert Janik. Chair of Complementary Medicine, Center of Internal Medicine, Rostock University Medicine, Ernst-Heydemann-Straße 6, 18057 Rostock, Germany.