Tai Chi Offers Relief to Fibromyalgia Patients

Ancient Chinese practice shows promise as a therapy to reduce symptoms

Tai Chi Offers Relief to Fibromyalgia Patients

By Fibromyalgia Connect StaffA Published at January 23 Views 3,065 Likes 1

According to a new study, tai chi, an ancient Chinese practice of gentle physical exercises and stretching, may help with fibromyalgia symptoms.

Scientists from the Oregon Health Sciences University conducted a trial that compared the effects of a tai chi program to an educational program for fibromyalgia patients.

Participants met in small groups twice weekly for 90 minutes over the course of 12 weeks. Researchers looked for symptom reduction and improvement in self-reported physical function, as well as pain severity and interference, sleep, self-efficacy and functional mobility.

Compared to the education group, those in the tai chi group showed a significant reduction in pain severity and pain interference, along with improved sleep and functional mobility (time to get up and go, resting balance and moving balance).

Researchers observed no side effects among tai chi participants and concluded that 12 weeks of tai chi, practiced twice weekly, would be worthwhile in improving common fibromyalgia symptoms, such as pain and physical mobility. In addition, they recommended that tai chi would make a useful additional, or complimentary, therapy in treating fibromyalgia patients.

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