Evidence mounts in favour of electrotherapy in fibromyalgia management
There is growing data regarding the effectiveness of electrotherapy in the management of fibromyalgia-related pain, a research team outlines in Rheumatology International.
Treating fibromyalgia is a challenging task for healthcare professionals with strategies ranging from drug options and cognitive behavioural therapies to improved lifestyle in the form of exercise and healthy diet.
The last few decades have also seen rising evidence about the role of electrotherapy in fibromyalgia treatment. Now a search and analysis of the scientific literature has found that the most commonly examined electrotherapy techniques in fibromyalgia are:
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS);
- Non-invasive brain stimulation (transcranial direct current/magnetic stimulation);
- And light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation (LASER).
Vitally, “non-invasive electrotherapy techniques are related to no/minor side effects,” the research team highlights. “Currently, there is growing data regarding the effectiveness of electrotherapy in the management of fibromyalgia-related pain.”
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