There are different types of psychological therapies that are available to treat fibromyalgia. Examples include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)—This is a form of talk therapy that focuses on your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
- Relaxation-based therapy—This includes learning strategies, like meditation, to reduce stress.
- Biofeedback—During a biofeedback session, a therapist guides you to relax certain muscles or control breathing, while an electronic device shows your body’s response.
Other therapies that may help to alleviate fibromyalgia pain and symptoms include:
- Physical therapy
- Heat treatments
- Acupuncture and acupressure
- Trigger point therapy
- Myofascial release (a special type of therapy that involves manipulating connective tissue with pressure)
- Mind-body therapies such as yoga, Tai chi, relaxation therapy, or meditation
See alternative and complementary therapies for more information about acupuncture and fibromyalgia.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2016 -
- Update Date: 09/17/2014 -