Effectiveness of muscle stretching exercises with and without laser therapy at tender points for patients with Fibromyalgia

Objective: To assess the efficiency of a treatment composed of muscle stretching exercises, associated or not to laser therapy at tender points, for patients with Fibromyalgia (FM), in view of bettering their quality of life.

Methods: Twenty FM patients were randomly assigned to two groups: one submitted to laser therapy and stretching (LSG, n = 10), and the other only to stretching exercises (SG, n = 10). The visual analog scale of pain (VAS) and dolorimetry at tender points were used to assess pain; life quality was evaluated by means of the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) and the 36-item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36).

Results: After the treatment program, both in LSG and SG were detected pain reduction, higher pain threshold at tender points (all p < 0.01), lower mean FIQ scores, and higher SF-36 mean scores (all p < 0.05). No significant differences were found between both groups.

Conclusion: The stretching exercises program proposed is efficient to reduce pain and painful sensibility at tender points, thus enhancing patients’ quality of life. Laser therapy has not shown advantages when added to muscle stretching exercises.

Source: Clinical Experimental Rheumatololgy. 2007 May-Jun;25(3):410-5. PMID: 17631737, by Matsutani LA, Marques AP, Ferreira EA, Assumpcao A, Lage LV, Casarotto RA, Pereira CA. Department of Health and Biological Sciences, FIEO University, Osasco, Brazil.

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One thought on “Effectiveness of muscle stretching exercises with and without laser therapy at tender points for patients with Fibromyalgia”

  1. BioFlex says:

    Without knowing the parameters of the laser therapy applied, it’s impossible to know whether it’s reasonable to expect any differentiation between those treated and not treated.

    Too often these studies use inappropriate methods or dosages and the results reflect poorly on the laser therapy industry.

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