According to a recent study, acupuncture can ease fibromyalgia pain. A number of patients were involved in the study, where they were treated with acupuncture techniques. They showed significant improvement during the study and the report 10 weeks later was positive as well, with the pain falling by over 40%. This compares favorably with the 27% drop in pain experienced by patients who received simulated acupuncture. The study further stated that in addition to this, the quality of life of the patients suffering from fibromyalgia will also improve.
The key aspect of the study is that the effects of the acupuncture treatment lasted for more than a year. This is great news, as patients suffering from fibromyalgia suffer chronic pain in addition to depression, constant fatigue, and low sleep quality. 1 in every 20 people suffers from this condition, so it is quite common, and a majority of sufferers are women. The study also states that people who have fibromyalgia usually seek alternative treatment as a means of getting rid of the pain associated with the condition. This is compounded by the medication they take for their condition. As you would know, acupuncture involves insertion of needles at certain specific body points. These points are connected with the triggers and receptors of pain in the brain, which when stimulated provide relief from pain. This is the reason acupuncture has been touted as an effective treatment for fibromyalgia pain and further research is being conducted to determine how much more effective it can prove for patients down the line. For the purpose of the study, over 150 people who suffer from fibromyalgia were involved. They received acupuncture treatment, nine times a week. Each treatment session lasted for 20 minutes, which means 3 hours of treatment a week. The patients were then asked about their pain levels at periodic intervals, i.e. 10 weeks, followed by 24 weeks, and then a whole year after. According to the results, the average reduction in pain was 20%. This is favorable compared with patients who underwent simulated therapy, where the reduction in pain was 6%. Initially, the pain reduction was greater, with the average score at 35% after 10 weeks. Depending on the area you live in, a session of acupuncture shouldn’t cost you more than $125, which in some cases is covered by insurance. So, you can get effective treatment for fibromyalgia pain without having to bear a heavy cost.