Background Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic musculoskeletal pain condition characterized by widespread and a constellation of other symptoms.
Objectives The purpose of this study was to investigate the therapeutic effects of a Manual Therapy (MT) protocol for improving pain, posture, flexibility, tender points, impact of FMS symptoms, sleep quality and depressive symptoms with FMS.
Methods Patients completed demographic information, a number of self-report measures including Visual Analog Scale for assessing pain, Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, the Pittsburgh Quality of Sleep Questionnaire Index and the Hospital of Anxiety and Depression Scale.The patients underwent a protocol of MT for a 60-minute session for 3 weeks (5/wk). The protocol was as the following release and mobilisation. All analyses were performed with the SPSS (version 22.0)statistical program
Results 16 women,3 men patients who had FMS were treated with MT.Demographic variables of the participants are provided in Table 1.While there was a favorable change in all measurement parameters after treatment (p<0.001).There was a statistically significant difference between before and after the treatment measurement parameters (Table 2)
Conclusions This study found that the application of a MT protocol was effective for improving pain, posture, flexibility,tender points, impact of FMS symptoms, sleep quality and depressive symptoms in individuals with FMS.
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Disclosure of Interest None declared