Fibromyalgia patients often seek massage and other touch therapies to alleviate pain, and research has shown massage eases symptoms, decreases pain and improves sleep in fibromyalgia patients.

New research shows an Internet intervention delivered by a Web-enabled mobile phone supports self-management of chronic widespread pain in fibromyalgia patients.

The intervention included daily online entries and individualized written feedback, grounded in a mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral approach, noted an abstract from BioMed Central, which published the research. The participants registered activities, emotions and pain cognitions three times daily using the mobile device.

“The therapist had immediate access to this information through a secure Web site,” the abstract noted. “The situational information was used to formulate and send a personalized text message to the participant with the aim of stimulating effective self-management of the current situation.”

Among the results:

• The intervention was rated as supportive, meaningful and user-friendly by the majority of the patients.

• The response rate to the daily registration entries was high.

• Technical problems were few.

“The results indicate a feasible intervention,” the researchers noted. “Web applications are fast becoming standard features of mobile phones and interventions of this kind can therefore be more available than before.”

“Written online situational feedback via mobile phone to support self-management of chronic widespread pain: a usability study of a Web-based intervention” was published by BioMed Central Ltd.

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