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Music Therapy: A new trend in fibromyalgia treatment

The treatment of fibromyalgia is a bit tricky.  For one thing, there are not many pharmaceutical treatments out there.  It's been said by at least one expert that this condition is best managed without medications.  There are many avenues of approach.  Using a combination of techniques, a patient can regain function and quality of life.





We've discussed many of the treatment options in this blog in the past. Some of them involve exercise or diet; some others strategies or lifestyle modifications that make living with fibromyalgia a less daunting task.

Now comes a small study of a new approach to fibromyalgia treatment: music therapy.  This treatment is one that is best used in addition to other  treatment strategies.  A recent small scale study revealed a statistically significant reduction in pain when the subjects listened to relaxation CDs that contained the sounds of waves and water.  The reduction in pain was seen as early as 14 days into the study!

It's good for all of us to take some time out of the day in this hectic life and relax, especially when coping with chronic disease.  The nice thing about this therapy is that anyone who's interested can do it, anywhere anytime.  It's inexpensive and does not require any training or travel to a treatment facility.  There's really no downside to giving it a try!

Sources: About.com/Fibromyalgia; NIH.gov; Flickr

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