Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Biol Res Nurs. 2015 May;17(3):334-9. doi: 10.1177/1099800414546893. Epub 2014 Sep 16.

Calf muscle pump stimulation as a means to reduce symptoms of fibromyalgia syndrome.

Author information

1
Clinical Science and Engineering Research Center at Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, USA Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, USA.
2
Clinical Science and Engineering Research Center at Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, USA Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, USA cpierce@binghamton.edu.
3
Clinical Science and Engineering Research Center at Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, USA Department of Bioengineering, Watson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, USA Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Binghamton, NY, USA.
4
Clinical Science and Engineering Research Center at Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, USA Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Binghamton, NY, USA.

Abstract

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a debilitating chronic condition that often affects women in midlife with widespread pain that interrupts attempts to exercise. The purpose of this pilot study was to test the efficacy of calf muscle pump (CMP) stimulation as an adjuvant therapy for FM by (1) assessing the correlation of the level of symptoms, as measured by the revised Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQR), and blood pressure (BP), (2) measuring change in mean FIQR scores for subjects who use a CMP-stimulation device for 12 weeks, and (3) measuring the correlation of total device usage and the level of symptoms as measured by the FIQR. The 29 male and female participants (mean age = 47.3 years) were screened using the Widespread Pain Index (WPI), Symptom Severity (SS) score, and the FIQR. Participants were contacted weekly, and progress was assessed using the WPI, SS score, and the FIQR as well as general questions regarding responses to CMP stimulation. The attrition rate was high, which is not uncommon in studies of patients with FM. We found that diastolic BP was significantly inversely correlated with baseline FIQR scores during quiet sitting. Further, 12 weeks of CMP stimulation was associated with significant improvement in average FIQR scores at a rate of approximately -1.5 points per week (R (2) = .9; p ≤ .0001). Total device usage was strongly and inversely correlated with baseline FIQR scores (R (2) = .43; p = .02). These findings suggest that CMP stimulation may provide an additional treatment option for individuals with FM who are challenged to perform traditional forms of exercise.

KEYWORDS:

fibromyalgia; hypotension; soleus muscle; vibration

PMID:
25230749
DOI:
10.1177/1099800414546893
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Atypon
Loading ...
Support Center