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Arthritis Care Res. 1998 Jun;11(3):196-209.

Biofeedback/relaxation training and exercise interventions for fibromyalgia: a prospective trial.

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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Missouri Arthritis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare the effectiveness of biofeedback/relaxation, exercise, and a combined program for the treatment of fibromyalgia.

METHODS:

Subjects (n = 119) were randomly assigned to one of 4 groups: 1) biofeedback/relaxation training, 2) exercise training, 3) a combination treatment, or 4) an educational/attention control program.

RESULTS:

All 3 treatment groups produced improvements in self-efficacy for function relative to the control condition. In addition, all treatment groups were significantly different from the control group on tender point index scores, reflecting a modest deterioration by the attention control group rather than improvements by the treatment groups. The exercise and combination groups also resulted in modest improvements on a physical activity measure. The combination group best maintained benefits across the 2-year period.

CONCLUSION:

This study demonstrates that these 3 treatment interventions result in improved self-efficacy for physical function which was best maintained by the combination group.

PMID:
9782811
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