Psychological Therapies

There are different types of psychological therapies that are available to treat fibromyalgia . Examples include:

    
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (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.
  • Alternative Therapies

    Other therapies that may help to alleviate fibromyalgia pain and symptoms include:

        
  • Physical therapy
  • Heat treatments
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Myofascial release (a special type of therapy that involves manipulating connective tissue with pressure)
  • See alternative and complementary therapies for more information about acupuncture and fibromyalgia.