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The aim of this prospective, randomized study is to explore the effectiveness of Bowen Therapy in pain management for patients with fibromyalgia. In Hong Kong, Bowen Therapy is a non-invasive technique and one of the treatment modalities adopted by Occupational Therapists. Bowen Therapy uses specific sequences of gentle cross-fibre moves over muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia to stimulate or improve the flow of blood and lymph, and thus activate the body's healing mechanisms that enhances tissue repair. As a result, it can lessen pain and tension, restore more optimal body function, and subsequently alleviate emotional and psychological stress associated with the pain. Bowen Therapy is widely recognized and utilized worldwide for acute and chronic health conditions from new-born to the elderly, both mobilized and bed-ridden patients with no documented evidence to show it has caused any harm or adverse effects. There are two study groups in this study and patients will be randomized and allocated to either one. One group (Control group) will continue receiving conventional treatment; while another group (Bowen group) will receive 8 sessions of Bowen therapy. The investigators hypothesize that Bowen Therapy is superior to the conventional pain treatment for patients with fibromyalgia.

Clinical Trial Description

This study is going to look at the effectiveness of Bowen Therapy in pain management for patients with fibromyalgia. 80 patients with fibromyalgia attending pain management clinic will be recruited at Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital after informed consent. They will be randomized into either group (control group or Bowen group). Control group will continue receiving conventional treatment such as follow-ups by pain specialists, taking analgesia, physiotherapy. Bowen group will need to attend 8 sessions of therapy. All subjects will be evaluated at 12th week and 24th week after signing the consent. ;

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NCT number NCT04554784
Study type Interventional
Source Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital
Contact Winnie Samy, RN, BN, MSc
Phone +85235052734
Status Recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date September 6, 2020
Completion date September 6, 2023

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