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Table 6 Interventions used by the survey responders [in descending order of frequency]

From: An internet survey of 2,596 people with fibromyalgia

Intervention Frequency Effectiveness [0–10 scale]
Resting 86% 6.3 ± 2.5
Distraction [reading, watching TV etc.] 80% 4.7 ± 2.5
Heat modalities [warm water, hot packs] 74% 6.3 ± 2.3
Nutritional supplements 68% 3.8 ± 2.8
OTC pain medications 67% 3.8 ± 2.3
Prescription pain medications 66% 6.3 ± 2.4
Gentle walking 64% 4.6 ± 2.6
Prescription antidepressants 63% 6.2 ± 2.8
Stretching 62% 5.4 ± 2.6
Prayer 57% 6.0 ± 2.9
Prescription sleep medications 52% 6.5 ± 2.7
Relaxation/meditation 47% 5.1 ± 5.5
Massage/reflexology 43% 6.1 ± 2.8
Aerobic exercise 32% 5.0 ± 3.0
Cold therapy [ice packs etc.] 30% 4.8 ± 2.8
Chiropractic manipulation 30% 5.1 ± 3.0
Counseling [psychologist, MSW, pastor] 29% 4.8 ± 3.0
Pool therapy 26% 6.0 ± 3.0
Non-aerobic exercise [stretching, yoga, Tai Chi] 24% 5.1 ± 2.9
Physical therapy 24% 4.7 ± 3.1
OTC sleep medications 22% 4.0 ± 2.9
TENS unit 21% 4.3 ± 2.9
Trigger point injections 21% 5.0 ± 3.3
Support groups 19% 4.6 ± 3.0
Strength training 18% 4.3 ± 2.9
Pain clinic 17% 4.8 ± 3.1
Acupuncture 15% 4.5 ± 3.5
Pilates 8% 4.6 ± 3.3
Cognitive behavioral therapy 8% 4.3 ± 3.2
Energy healing [e.g. Reiki] 7% 4.0 ± 3.2
Biofeedback 6% 2.9 ± 2.9
Spinal surgery 4% 3.4 ± 3.4
Hypnosis 3% 2.5 ± 2.9