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Nerve Stimulation May Offer Relief For Fibromyalgia Sufferers

Thursday 30 January 2020


From HospiMedica:


Children wearing backpacks
Image: Dr. Kathleen Sluka administering TENS therapy.
(Photo courtesy of University of Iowa)

Nerve Stimulation May Offer Relief for Fibromyalgia Sufferers

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 28 Jan 2020
Copyright © 2000-2020 Globetech Media. All rights reserved.

A new study suggests that transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) during physical activity can significantly reduce fibromyalgia associated pain.

Researchers at the University of Iowa (Iowa City, USA) and Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN, USA) conducted a study involving 301 women suffering from fibromyalgia to evaluate if TENS used during physical activity would improve movement-evoked pain and other patient-reported outcomes. The women were randomly assigned to active-TENS, placebo-TENS, or no-TENS during a two hour period of daily activity for four weeks. TENS was applied to the lumbar and cervicothoracic regions using a modulated frequency (2-125Hz) at the highest tolerable intensity.


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