Acupuncture has a comparable effect to physical therapy (PT) on pain and quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), Turkish investigators have found. Forty-four female patients with chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain symptoms received either 15 PT sessions or 10 acupuncture sessions over a three-week period. PT consisted of five sessions per week involving hot pack, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and ultrasound, applied to tender points on the neck and upper back. Acupuncture needling was carried out once every two days at Yintang, Houxi SI-3, Wangu SI-4, Tianzhu BL-11, Fengmen BL-12, Feishu BL-13, Jueyinshu BL-14, Jianjing GB-21, Shenmai BL-62, Jinggu BL-64 and Shugu BL-65. Clinically significant improvements in pain, functionality, quality and fibromyalgia impact were observed after treatment in both the PT and acupuncture groups, with no significant between-group differences.
A Comparison of Physical Therapy Modalities Versus Acupuncture in the Treatment of Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Pilot Study. J Altern Complement Med. 2019 Jan 8.