There are different types of psychological therapies that are available to treat
fibromyalgia. Examples include:
(CBT)—This is a form of talk therapy that focuses on your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
Relaxation-based therapy—This includes learning strategies, like meditation, to reduce stress.Biofeedback—During a biofeedback session, a therapist guides you to relax certain muscles or control breathing, while an electronic device shows your body’s response.
Other therapies that may help to alleviate fibromyalgia pain and symptoms include: Physical therapyHeat treatmentsMassageAcupuncture and acupressureTrigger point therapyMyofascial release (a special type of therapy that involves manipulating connective tissue with pressure)Mind-body therapies such as yoga, Tai chi, relaxation therapy, or meditation
alternative and complementary therapies
for more information about acupuncture and fibromyalgia.
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http://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Fibromyalgia. Updated May 2015. Accessed September 14, 2016.
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http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Fibromyalgia/default.asp. Updated July 2014. Accessed September 14, 2016.
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6/18/2010 DynaMed Plus Systematic Literature Surveillance
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2/9/2012 DynaMed Plus Systematic Literature Surveillance
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Last reviewed September 2016 by Michael Woods, MD
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