Fibromyalgia (FM) and Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Of the 304 patients invited to participate in The Mayo Fibromyalgia Program, 98% had used some type of CAM therapy during the previous 6 months. "The 10 most frequently used CAM treatments were exercise for a specific medical problem (48%), spiritual healing (45%), massage therapy (44%), chiropractic treatments (37%), vitamin C (35%), vitamin E (31%), magnesium (29%), vitamin B complex (25%), green tea (24%), and weight-loss programs (20%)." according to Wahner-Roedler, 2007.
This issue of The Burnham Review (TBR) focuses on evidence for the use of nutritional approaches; treatments that shift substance P plasma levels (acupuncture and massage therapy); modalities which affect the autonomic nervous system (Reiki, Integrative Manual Therapy, also see issue 6-16 of TBR); exercise, and more.
Leventhal, L. J. (1999). "Management of fibromyalgia." Ann Intern Med 131(11): 850-8 notes the effectiveness of exercise, biofeedback, acupuncture, hypnotherapy and a multidisciplinary approach in the management of fibromyalgia.
Another article highlights the use of manual therapy to improve autonomic nervous system function, which can help a variety of conditions including fibromyalgia...... Wheeler, L. (2004). Advanced Strain Counterstrain. Massage Therapy Journal, 43 Winter(4),