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In the present study, two established non-medicinal treatment
methods are compared with regard to their effect on various
psychological pain parameters in patients with fibromyalgia.
Twelve patients underwent hydrogalvanic baths, 13 patients the
Jacobson relaxation training. Statistical evaluation showed
only one significant difference in the different dimensions of
pain measured at the beginning and end of the therapy. In
comparison with patients receiving Jacobson-therapy, there is
a significantly higher decrease in pain intensity in the
period from breakfast till lunch in patients receiving
bath-therapy. Apart from this, no differences between the two
treatment groups could be found, either in the quality of
pain, the psychological symptoms accompanying it, in sleep
quality or in pain behaviour.
Gunther V, Mur E, Kinigadner U, Miller C