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Intensive physical and psychosocial therapy reduces pediatric pain in study

from Fibromyalgia News Today

Intensive physical and occupational therapy and psychotherapy may adequately treat children with fibromyalgia without the need for added medications, according to a new study in The Journal of Pediatrics. The report titled "The Treatment of Juvenile Fibromyalgia with an Intensive Physical and Psychosocial Program," found that the therapy regimen used in the study significantly reduced feelings of pain and increased the amount of physical activity treated children could tolerate. In children, approximately 2-6 percent of the population are affected by pain categorized as fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, there exist no adequate ways to treat childhood fibromyalgia, and most treatments are based on cognitive behavioral therapy and aerobic training. When these treatments were tested in a long-term study, pain and sleep disturbance can continue in more than 90 percent of tested children. more

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