Lian Gong for treatment in fibromyalgia ‒ a case study
Introduction. As a Complementary Integrative Practices (CIPs), Lian Gong has been increasingly used in the practice of Physiotherapy.
Aim. This study aims to verify the effects of Lian Gong in a patient with fibromyalgia.
Description of the case. In this case study the patient (one patient is evaluated) was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 29 years ago and sought care following discontent with previous treatments. Pain intensity was assessed with a visual analog scale (VAS), quality of life with SF-36, and the pressure pain threshold algometer (PPT). There were 16 visits with two weekly 60-minute sessions. When the patient was reevaluated, a Global Perception of Change (GPC) scale was added to assess general health. A folder was submitted to the patient for follow-up of exercises at home and asked to return after 4 weeks (follow-up period).
Conclusion. The results indicate improvement in pain, functional capacity and general health. As a first therapy treatment, Lian Gong proved promising results in one case of fibromyalgia. The possible benefits when combined with other forms of care should be explored by clinical trials to expand knowledge of health benefit potential.