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Effectiveness of dance in patients with fibromyalgia: a randomized, single-blind, controlled study


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CER4976
2012 Vol.30, N°6 ,Suppl.74
PI 0018, PF 0023
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PMID: 23020850 [PubMed]

Received: 03/08/2011
Accepted : 13/02/2012
In Press: 14/12/2012
Published: 14/12/2012

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:
The aim of the present study was to assess the effectiveness of belly dance as a treatment option for patients with fibromyalgia.
METHODS:
Eighty female patients with fibromyalgia between 18 to 65 years were randomly allocated to a dance group (n=40) and control group (n=40). Patients in the dance group underwent 16 weeks of belly dance twice a week, while the patients in the control group remained on a waiting list. The patients were evaluated with regard to pain (VAS), function (6MWT), quality of life (FIQ and SF-36), depression (Beck Inventory), anxiety (STAI) and self-image (BDDE). Evaluations were carried out at baseline, 16 weeks and 32 weeks by a blinded assessor.
RESULTS:
The dance group achieved significant improvements in VAS for pain (p<0.001), six-minute walk test (p<0.001), FIQ (p=0.003), BDDE (p<0.009) as well as the pain (p<0.001), emotional aspects (p<0.003) and mental health (p<0.021) subscales on the SF-36.
CONCLUSIONS:
Belly dance can be used in the treatment of fibromyalgia to reduce pain and improve functional capacity, quality of life and self-image.

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