Chiropractic treatment for fibromyalgia: a systematic review

Clin Rheumatol. 2009 Oct;28(10):1175-8. doi: 10.1007/s10067-009-1217-9. Epub 2009 Jun 21.


Many patients use chiropractic as a treatment of fibromyalgia, and many chiropractors seem to be convinced that it is effective for that condition. The aim of the study was to conduct a systematic review of randomised clinical trials testing the effectiveness of chiropractic care for fibromyalgia. Six electronic literature searches were conducted. No language restrictions were applied. Data extraction and validation were carried out by two independent reviewers. Three studies met the inclusion criteria. Their methodological quality was poor. They generated no evidence to suggest that chiropractic care is effective for fibromyalgia. Currently, there is insufficient evidence to conclude that chiropractic is an effective treatment for fibromyalgia.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Complementary Therapies
  • Fibromyalgia / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Manipulation, Chiropractic / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome