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Complement Ther Med. 2018 Feb;36:6-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2017.10.011. Epub 2017 Nov 6.

Effect of whole body cryotherapy interventions on health-related quality of life in fibromyalgia patients: A randomized controlled trial.

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1
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, Sébastopol Hospital, University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France; Physiotherapy Department, Robert Schuman University College, Libramont Chevigny, Belgium.
2
Physiotherapy Department, Robert Schuman University College, Libramont Chevigny, Belgium.
3
Cryotherapy Pole, Reims, France.
4
GRESPI, Research Group in Engineering Sciences, University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France.
5
GRESPI, Research Group in Engineering Sciences, University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France. Electronic address: redha.taiar@univ-reims.fr.
6
C2S, Cognition Health and Socialization, University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France.
7
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, Sébastopol Hospital, University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Although fibromyalgia syndrome (SFM) affects 2-4 percent of adults, research has not identified a preferred therapeutic option for patients worldwide yet. Based on recent findings, it can be expected that whole body cryotherapy can improve health-reported quality of life by alleviating the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain and fatigue.

OBJECTIVE:

Our aim was to determine whether whole body cryotherapy only can result in improved perceived health and quality of life in fibromyalgia patients.

METHODS:

24 patients with fibromyalgia diagnosis were randomized into 2 groups (n=11 in the whole body cryotherapy group, n=13 in the control group). In the whole body cryotherapy group, 10 sessions of whole body cryotherapy were performed (in addition to usual care) in a standard cryotherapy room over a duration of 8days. Subjects in the control group did not change anything in their everyday activities. Quality of life was assessed just before and one month after treatment.

RESULTS:

Compared with the control group, patients in the whole body cryotherapy group reported significantly improved for health-reported quality of life. These effects lasted for at least one month following intervention.

CONCLUSION:

Based on these findings, whole body cryotherapy can be recommended as an effective clinically adjuvant approach in the improvement of health-related quality of life in fibromyalgia patients.

KEYWORDS:

Fibromyalgia; Quality of life; Whole body cryotherapy

PMID:
29458933
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctim.2017.10.011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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