Fibromyalgia study focuses on brain stimulation to fight pain
A study currently being done at the University of Cincinnati is focusing on the connection between brain stimulation and pain. Researchers hope the Reduced Impedance Noninvasive Cortical Electrostimulation (RINCE) therapy will produce positive results for fibromyalgia patients. The research trial is part of a bigger project to discover if brain stimulation can be a useful treatment plan for fibromyalgia.
One of the most common symptoms in fibromyalgia is chronic pain that is widespread and affects multiple areas of the body. Some researchers have suggested that brain activity plays a role in this condition, so brain stimulation may provide clues that help treatment. Researchers in the United States and Europe are investigating the use of new technology as potential therapy.
The University of Cincinnati is conducting a research trial by using the Reduced Impedance Noninvasive Cortical Electrostimulation method on patients with fibromyalgia. Scientists are putting electrodes on specific parts of the head without the need for any type of surgery or cutting. The patients do not feel any pain during these procedures and are receiving the treatments two times a week. The researchers point out that the entire process only takes 11 minutes, but they hope the results will be long-lasting.
It is too early in the clinical trial to discuss data or how patients are responding to the treatments. However, there have not been any issues or complaints. The University of Cincinnati is part of a larger national project meant to collect information about brain stimulation and fibromyalgia, so the final results will be combined at a later date. However, previous studies have found that transcranial magnetic stimulation showed potential in reducing fibromyalgia pain with patients reporting that they felt better. Scientists hope the RINCE therapy can also provide a treatment alternative to reduce pain.
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