A pilot study of body awareness programs in the treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome
2000 (English)In: Arthritis Care and Research, ISSN 0893-7524, Vol. 13, no 5, 304-311 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective. To compare in a pilot study the effect of two physical therapies, the Mensendieck system (MS) and body awareness therapy (BAT) according to Roxendal, in fibromyalgia patients and to investigate differences in effect between the two interventions. Methods. Twenty female patients were randomized to either MS or BAT in a program lasting 20 weeks. Evaluations were tender point examination and questionnaires, including visual analog scales (pain intensity at worst site, muscular stiffness, evening fatigue, and global health), Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ), Coping Strategies Questionnaire, Quality of Life Scales, Arthritis Self-Efficacy Scale (ASES), and disability before, immediately after, and at 6 and 18 months followup. Results. The BAT group had improved global health at 18 months followup, but lower results than the MS group. The MS group had improved FIQ, ASES other symptoms, and pain at worst site at 18 months followup. Conclusion. In the present pilot study, MS was associated with more positive changes than BAT.
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2000. Vol. 13, no 5, 304-311 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-27628Local ID: 12364OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-27628DiVA: diva2:248180