Letieri (2013) Pain, quality of life, self-perception of health, and depression in patients with fibromyalgia treated with hydrokinesiotherapy (Portugese)

Hydrokinesiotherapy for Fibromyalgia: A Summary


This summary combines findings from Letieri et al.’s study with additional research on hydrokinesiotherapy. It focuses on fibromyalgia.


The aim was to assess hydrotherapy’s effects on fibromyalgia patients. Key areas were quality of life, pain perception, and depression.


The study involved 64 women with fibromyalgia. They were divided into two groups. The first group received hydrokinesiotherapy, the second did not.


Participants underwent assessments using VAS, FIQ, and the Beck Depression Inventory. The treatment spanned 15 weeks. It included two weekly sessions in a heated pool. Activities focused on various exercises.


The hydrokinesiotherapy group showed notable improvements. Pain perception decreased by 28.2%. Quality of life improved by 32.4%. Depression symptoms reduced by 35.4%.


Hydrokinesiotherapy is effective for fibromyalgia treatment. It significantly reduces pain and improves quality of life and mental health. Further research is needed to explore its long-term effects.

Keyphrase: Effective Treatment of Fibromyalgia

Keywords: Fibromyalgia, Hydrokinesiotherapy, Pain Perception, Quality of Life, Depression


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