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Music Therapy Aids in Relieving Fibromyalgia

Music Therapy Aids in Relieving Fibromyalgia Spanish researchers have discovered an innovative, non-pharmacological method to help individuals suffering from fibromyalgia — music therapy.

In a new study, University of Granada researchers showed that music therapy in association with guided imagery or other relaxation techniques significantly reduced pain, relieved depression and anxiety and improve sleep.

Experts believe use of music therapy and guided imagery allows people to have more control over their body, thereby enhancing personal well-being.

The research was conducted with patients suffering from fibromyalgia from the provinces of Granada, Almería and Córdoba, Spain. Study participants were evaluated at the beginning of the treatment, four weeks after the intervention, and eight weeks after the intervention, at the end of the study.

The researchers utilized a relaxation technique based on guided imagery and music therapy to patients.

Patients were given a CD to listen at home. Then, researchers measured a number of variables associated with the main symptoms of fibromyalgia including pain intensity, quality of life, impact of the condition on patient’s daily life, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, self-efficacy and well-being.

Patients were also able to participate in their own treatment by learning how they could obtain symptomatic relief.

While the method helps individuals obtain relief, additional studies are needed to address other physiological variables associated with well-being, the researchers said.

Music Therapy Aids in Relieving Fibromyalgia

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

APA Reference
Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Music Therapy Aids in Relieving Fibromyalgia. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 26, 2019, from
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