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Tai chi v chronic pain.

Dr Chenchen Wang assigned 60 patients with fibromyalgia (chronic muscle pain) to two different forms of wellness and stretching programs. They were given 12 weeks of instruction (two sessions per week of an hour per session) followed by support to practice at home (20 mins/day) for another 12 weeks.

Both groups were simply told they were getting beneficial stretching programs, but one got tai chi.

Both groups showed improvements but the tai chi group showed much better gains, both at 12 weeks and 24 weeks. The improvement in fibromyalgia symptoms was 3 times better for tai chi, whilst sleep quality gains were much higher too.

The main issue with the study was that the tai chi group was under the instruction of a single tai chi master, so it’s unclear how much impact different instructors would have.

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August 22, 2010 - Posted by | Chenchen Wang, Exercise, Fibromyalgia, Health, Natural healing, Pain, Success, Tai chi

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