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Meditation and Fibromyalgia: Reducing basal sympathetic tone with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

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Follow up study from the University of Louisville: Mindfulness Meditation for Symptom Reduction in Fibromyalgia: Psychophysiological Correlates


2009-06-04

This second study explores the effects of MBSR on basal sympathetic (SNS) activation among women with fibromyalgia

Effects on anxiety, depressive symptoms, and SNS activation measures were tested before and after MBSR using a within-subjects design.

Results The MBSR treatment significantly reduced basal electrodermal (skin conductance level; SCL) activity (t = 3.298, p = .005) and SCL activity during meditation (t = 4.389, p = .001), consistent with reduced SNS activation.

Conclusions: In this small sample, basal SNS activity was reduced following MBSR treatment. Future studies should assess how MBSR may help reduce negative psychological symptoms and attenuate SNS activation in fibromyalgia. Further clarification of psychological and physiological responses associated with fibromyalgia may lead to more beneficial treatment.

For earlier results, see Meditation and Fibromyalgia: Reducing Depression with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.


2009-06-04

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19277851

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