The effects of meditation-based interventions on the treatment of fibromyalgia

Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2012 Oct;16(5):383-7. doi: 10.1007/s11916-012-0285-8.


Meditation is the third most commonly requested complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapy reported in a US survey. Those who suffer from chronic pain are those who most frequently use CAM therapies. This review aims to evaluate whether meditation-based interventions can help the treatment of fibromyalgia. A PubMed search was conducted using the terms "fibromyalgia" and "meditation", or "mindfulness", or "mantra" or "relaxation response". We selected articles which clearly described a meditation intervention being used in the treatment of fibromyalgia. Only four articles were classified with score 3 in the Jadad scale. Another seven articles were included in this review. Most of the results indicate improvement in fibromyalgia-related symptoms in patients who participated in a meditation-based intervention. Considering only 4 of the 13 studies achieved a score of 3 on the Jadad scale, researchers of meditation interventions should discuss the best methodologic control for these studies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Fibromyalgia / psychology*
  • Fibromyalgia / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Meditation / methods
  • Meditation / psychology*
  • Mind-Body Therapies / methods
  • Mind-Body Therapies / psychology
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic / methods
  • Relaxation / psychology
  • Treatment Outcome