The Effects of Meditation-Based Interventions on the Treatment of Fibromyalgia

The Effects of Meditation-Based Interventions on the Treatment of Fibromyalgia

Author Kozasa, Elisa H. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Tanaka, Luiza H. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Monson, Carlos Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Little, Stephen Google Scholar
Leao, Frederico Camelo Google Scholar
Peres, Mario P. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Inst Israelita Ensino & Pesquisa Albert Einstein
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Hosp Israelita Albert Einstein
Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
Abstract Meditation is the third most commonly requested complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapy reported in a US survey. Those who suffer from chronic pain are those who most frequently use CAM therapies. This review aims to evaluate whether meditation-based interventions can help the treatment of fibromyalgia. A PubMed search was conducted using the terms fibromyalgia and meditation, or mindfulness, or mantra or relaxation response. We selected articles which clearly described a meditation intervention being used in the treatment of fibromyalgia. Only four articles were classified with score 3 in the Jadad scale. Another seven articles were included in this review. Most of the results indicate improvement in fibromyalgia-related symptoms in patients who participated in a meditation-based intervention. Considering only 4 of the 13 studies achieved a score of 3 on the Jadad scale, researchers of meditation interventions should discuss the best methodologic control for these studies.
Keywords Fibromyalgia
Language English
Date 2012-10-01
Published in Current Pain and Headache Reports. Philadelphia: Current Medicine Group, v. 16, n. 5, p. 383-387, 2012.
ISSN 1531-3433 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Current Medicine Group
Extent 383-387
Access rights Closed access
Type Review
Web of Science ID WOS:000308724200002

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