Mild Electrical Pulses May Aid People with Fibromyalgia

If mild cranial electrical stimulation helps lessen fibromyalgia pain, as studies seem to suggest, does it do this by changing activity in certain brain regions?

Initial findings by a University of Virginia School of Nursing research team point to yes.

Led by nursing professors Ann Gill Taylor and Joel Anderson of the school’s Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies, the team divided 46 participants with physician-confirmed diagnoses of fibromyalgia into three groups: a control group that received usual care; a group that received usual care, plus a sham device that emitted no electrical stimulation; and a third group that received usual care, plus a device that delivered a dose of electrical stimulation well below the level of sensation.

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