Thursday, 19 August 2010

Tai Chi helps ease the pain of Fibromyalgia

A recently published article by Wang et al in the New England Journal of Medicine claims that practicing Tai Chi can help to ease the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

66 fibromyalgia sufferers were randomly prescribed yang-style tai chi or standard care, consisting of wellness education and stretching twice a week. After 12 weeks, it was found that "the 33 in the tai chi group had clinically important improvements in the FIQ (Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire) total score and quality of life." This prompted the researchers to conclude that "Tai chi may be a useful treatment for fibromyalgia and merits long-term study in larger study populations."

The complete article can be read at the NEJM website.

If you'd like to learn more about fibromyalgia, the symptoms and treatment visit the Health Network website.

1 comment:

Ross Bergfalk said...

Excellent post. It always helps to have good articles to reference for patients.