Common treatments to help with fibro symptoms are medication, lifestyle changes, and talking therapies. Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy, also known as magnetotherapy, can be very helpful as another option. It is not yet commonly known about in the UK but evidence has found that it helps with the symptoms of fibromyalgia and it is complimentary so it can be used alongside most conventional medical treatments.

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The main benefits of magnetotherapy for Fibromyalgia are pain relief, better sleep, more energy, better oxygenation and circulation, nerve and tissue regeneration, relaxation and stress reduction and improved immunity.

Evidence

A study published on NCBI Pain Research and Management involved 32 male and female patients at St. Joseph’s Health Care Centre in London, Ontario. They were experiencing chronic musculoskeletal pain, approximately one-half of which had fibromyalgia. The patients were split into two groups: one group which would receive PEMF therapy and one which would receive a sham treatment. After 7 days, each person was assessed in regard to his or her pain. Individuals who received PEMF therapy lowered their pain scores by an average of two points whereas those who were engaged in sham treatments only showed a 0.4-point decline. Patients with fibromyalgia had the most sizeable pain response, lowering their scores by 2.8.

Another study involved 56 women with fibromyalgia being randomly assigned to either PEMF or sham therapy. They were tested for general fibromyalgia status, pain, the perception of benefit, depression and general function. Outcomes after active treatment ended at 4 weeks and showed significant improvements in test scores and were maintained at the 12-week evaluations. The sham group also showed improvement except on the specific fibromyalgia questionnaire at 4 weeks. At 12 weeks the benefit disappeared except for depression and general function. So, low-frequency PEMF therapy can improve at least some general fibromyalgia symptoms and pain.

Treatment Protocols

A treatment session last for 30 minutes. You lie on the magnetotherapy bed, there is no need to undress and the machine does the work. We recommend a course of 8 sessions over a period of 2 weeks followed by one off ‘top up’ treatments as required.

Initial Assessment costs £35 and this includes a magnetotherapy treatment. A course of 10 magnetotherapy sessions costs £200 (£25/session if purchased individually).

For further information or to make a booking, please call Peak Physio and Fitness on 01492 338 262 or email info@peakphysioandfitness.com