The effectiveness of emotional freedom technique on the somatic symptoms of fibromyalgia

Citation (APA Style): Connais, C. (2009). The effectiveness of emotional freedom technique on the somatic symptoms of fibromyalgia (Doctoral dissertation, 3372777). University of the Rockies, Denver, CO.


Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is a disorder characterized by chronic widespread pain with co-morbid conditions – sleep deprivation, muscle atrophy, and emotional stress. Evidence indicates treating FMS patients using methodologies reserved for trauma therapy has been effective in relieving symptoms. One of those effective treatments is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). This study proposed to answer the question; is EFT effective at reducing the somatic symptoms of FMS? In a sample of 6 women diagnosed with FMS, the investigators conducted EFT in a clinical setting for half of the women; the other half were wait-listed. The investigators conducted three sequences of EFT in each of four treatment sessions. The results were not statistically significant; however, the data indicted overall improvement for the treatment group.

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