Many fibromyalgia patients turn to massage therapy to alleviate pain, and research has shown massage eases symptoms, decreases pain and improves sleep in fibromyalgia patients.
New research shows music therapy also relieves fibromyalgia symptoms and improves patients’ quality of life.
Researchers from Spain’s University of Granada paired music with relaxation techniques, including guided imagery, and found the therapy significantly reduced pain, depression and anxiety, and improved sleep among patients suffering from fibromyalgia.
The researchers applied a relaxation technique based on guided imagery and music therapy to patients, in a series of sessions conducted by a researcher. Patients were given a CD to listen at home. Then, researchers measured a number of variables associated with the main symptoms of fibromyalgia.