Massage and other touch therapies have been found to benefit fibromyalgia patients. New research indicates that poor sleep habits are linked to increased risk of fibromyalgia in women.

Researchers from Norway have uncovered an association between sleep problems and increased risk of fibromyalgia in women, according to a press release. The risk of fibromyalgia increased with severity of sleep problems, and the association was stronger among middle-aged and older women than among younger women. Results of the prospective study, based on 10 years of data, appear in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American College of Rheumatology.

According to the American College of Rheumatology , approximately one in 50 Americans are estimated to have fibromyalgia.

In earlier research, investigators found that myofascial release lessens pain and anxiety while massage therapy improves sleep and decreases pain in fibromyalgia patients.

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