Light therapy helps to ease fibromyalgia pain

Fibromyalgia disease , also known as Joanina Dognini syndrome, is characterized by severe pain over time throughout the body, causing discomfort for patients.

Fatigue , sleep disorders and depression are also common complaints of patients living with fibromyalgia.

The duration of these symptoms can extend for hours, and causes people to limit themselves to performing some daily activities.

But because it has symptoms very similar to those of other diseases, fibromyalgia is considered difficult to be diagnosed. And although there is no cure, there are treatments and therapies that aim to reduce discomfort.

New therapy promises to reduce pain

In the search for new treatments, recent research has shown that photodynamic therapies have the potential to regulate pain and reduce fatigue in patients with fibromyalgia.

Done at the Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Carlos (SCMSC), in partnership with some researchers from the USP Physics Institute, the therapy focused primarily on the treatment of patients with arthrosis , and soon afterwards began to be used in people with fibromyalgia.

The method included gathering ultrasound and laser frequencies to be applied to the palm region of a patient who had been living with the disease for 15 years.

The choice of the region was not random. According to the study, there is a greater amount of small nerve terminals in the hands capable of sending signals that are interpreted by the brain as pain.

With that, the researchers observed that ultrasound and laser light may be able to reduce the transmission of pain signals to the brain.

Consequently, the nervous system would be able to control inflammation in the patient’s body, decreasing continuous pain.

Next steps

In order to help other people who also have fibromyalgia, the incorporation of this new treatment for people with the disease is something important in the search for methods that reduce pain, since the disease has no cure yet.

Through this discovery, the search for therapy increased and the researchers needed a new space to carry out this treatment.

However, changes to improve this method can also happen according to the group, as a psychologist is needed to work in this area, helping the emotional of patients.

Fibromyalgia is a disease that affects 8 to 10 times more women than men. For the patient, it is necessary to live with some new habits that may bring more quality of life.