Other Treatments for Managing Fibromyalgia
There are different types of psychological therapies that are available to treat
fibromyalgia. Examples include:
(CBT)—This is a form of talk therapy that focuses on your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
- Relaxation-based therapy—This includes learning strategies, like meditation, to reduce stress.
Biofeedback—During a biofeedback session, a therapist guides you to relax certain muscles or control breathing, while an electronic device shows your body’s response.
Other therapies that may help to alleviate fibromyalgia pain and symptoms include:
- Physical therapy
- Heat treatments
- Acupuncture and acupressure
- Trigger point therapy
- Myofascial release (a special type of therapy that involves manipulating connective tissue with pressure)
- Mind-body therapies such as yoga, Tai chi, relaxation therapy, or meditation
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