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Relaxation and guided imagery in Hispanic persons diagnosed with fibromyalgia

28 Jul

Researchers from the School of Nursing,Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA investigated the effects of a 10-week mind-body intervention (guided imagery with relaxation) on symptom management for Hispanics suffering from Fibromyalgia, a chronic pain disorder of unknown origin which affects 2% of the population in the United States. Another 16 million Hispanics suffer from generically identified rheumatic diseases that likely include FM. The pilot study used a repeated-measures pretest-posttest design.

The study found a significant change from baseline to week 10 of the relaxation-guided imagery intervention, demonstrating improvement in self-efficacy for managing pain and other symptoms as well as functional status. The researchers conclude that imagery with relaxation is a mind-body intervention that may be used for symptom management in this population.

Citation:Menzies V, Kim S. Relaxation and guided imagery in Hispanic persons diagnosed with fibromyalgia: a pilot study. Family and Community Health. 2008 Jul-Sep; 31 (3): pages 204-12. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award