Whole body hyperthermia in pain therapy. A controlled trial on patients with fibromyalgia
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Schmerz. 2013 Feb;27(1):38-45. doi: 10.1007/s00482-012-1288-4.
[Whole body hyperthermia in pain therapy. A controlled trial on patients with fibromyalgia].
[Article in German]
Walz J1, Hinzmann J, Haase I, Witte T. 1 m&i-Fachklinik Bad Pyrmont, Auf der Schanze 3, 31812, Bad Pyrmont, Deutschland. firstname.lastname@example.org
The aim of this study was to evaluate whether mild water-filtered near infrared whole body hyperthermia in patients with fibromyalgia produces a benefit when applied as an addition to a standard multimodal rehabilitation.
PATIENTS AND METHODS:
In this study 67 patients at a German rehabilitation clinic were included and allocated to 3 study groups: the 2 intervention groups received additional mild water-filtered near infrared whole body hyperthermia once or twice a week over 3 weeks and the control group received only standard multimodal rehabilitation. Main outcome measure was pain intensity measured at baseline, discharge from the rehabilitation clinic and 6 months after discharge.
Additional mild water-filtered near infrared whole body hyperthermia once a week proved to be significantly better than the second hyperthermia group and the control group with respect to pain reduction and affective sense of pain. Furthermore, hyperthermia once a week tended to result in better outcome regarding fibromyalgia-related quality of life and depression.
There is evidence that mild water-filtered near infrared whole body hyperthermia is a reasonable complement to multimodal rehabilitation in the treatment of fibromyalgia.