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2023 Jan 06

Int J Environ Res Public Health



What Concept of Manual Therapy Is More Effective to Improve Health Status in Women with Fibromyalgia Syndrome? A Study Protocol with Preliminary Results.


Audoux C R, Estrada-Barranco C, Martínez-Pozas O, Gozalo-Pascual R, Montaño-Ocaña J, García-Jiménez D, Vicente de Frutos G, Cabezas-Yagüe E, Sánchez Romero EA
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023 Jan 06; 20(2).
PMID: 36673817.


Fibromyalgia (FM) is defined as a chronic syndrome characterized by diffuse musculoskeletal pain, associated with characteristic signs and symptoms such as fatigue and/or sleep and mood disorders, and whose etiology, pathogenesis and prognosis may or may not be known. There is growing evidence of manual therapy as a treatment for pain in the short and medium term, also in patients affected by FM. However, the heterogeneity of the manual therapy treatments administered are a very common clinical practice, as they are based more on the judgment or tendency of the physiotherapist, rather than on clear scientific evidence. Therefore, the aim of the present study protocol will be to determine which manual therapy approach is more effective in addressing health status by improving symptoms (sensory, cognitive, emotional and social) in patients with FM.