Abstract: Use of a mechanical massage technique in the treatment of fibromyalgia: a preliminary study,

Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2006 Jan;87(1):145-7.

Gordon C, Emiliozzi C, Zartarian M.

Memorial Hospital of Union County, Marysville, OH; Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Gordon C, Emiliozzi C, Zartarian M. Use of a mechanical massage technique in the treatment of fibromyalgia: a preliminary study.

OBJECTIVE: To investigate how a mechanical massage technique (LPG technique) could contribute to the treatment of fibromyalgia.

DESIGN: Feasibility study.

SETTING: A single center.

PARTICIPANTS: Ten women having a preexisting diagnosis of fibromyalgia based on American College of Rheumatology criteria were enrolled.

INTERVENTION: Subjects received a total of 15 sessions of mechanical massage administered by a physical therapist once a week.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire and a physical examination scoring tender points (number, pain intensity). Evaluations were conducted at the screening visit, after 7 sessions (V7), and after completion of 15 sessions (V15).

RESULTS: Most of the parameters (pain intensity, physical function, number of tender points) showed a significant improvement at V15 compared with screening.

CONCLUSIONS: The findings suggest the possibility that the studied intervention might be associated with positive outcomes in women with fibromyalgia, and support the need for a controlled clinical trial to determine its efficacy.

PMID: 16401454 [PubMed – in process]

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