11 August 2015
Recruitment site location(s) (State)
Not yet recruiting
Anticipated date of first participant enrolment
07 September 2015
Ethics application status
Background: Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease characterized by widespread pain and several associated symptoms, which lead a reduction in health-related quality of life and activities of daily living. Virtual reality is a novel training alternative that has shown to be useful as a complementary treatment of different conditions.
Methods: A randomized controlled trial will be carried out. A number of 62 women with fibromyalgia will participate in the study. The virtual reality training program will consist on 2 weekly 1-hour sessions for 8 weeks. It will be based on Motion-Controlled Video Games and focused on the development of postural control, balance, endurance and strength. Effects on health-related quality of life, pain, physical fitness, activities of daily living, wellbeing, and depression will be assessed. Results will be compared with a control group that will continue with their daily life.
Discussion: To our knowledge, this is the first study that aims to evaluate the effects of a virtual reality-based physical exercise program in women suffering from fibromyalgia.