Symptoms of Fibromyalgia Improve with Tai Chi Mind Body Exercises

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia Improve with Tai Chi Mind Body Exercises
A recent study suggests that practicing Tai Ji Quan (TJQ), a Chinese mind-body therapy (MBT) exercise, also called Tai Chi, supports the technique as positive strategy to reduce fibromyalgia symptoms. The study,"Efficacy of Rehabilitation with Tai Ji Quan in an Italian Cohort of Patients with Fibromyalgia Syndrome," published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, regards the exercise as a "multicomponent intervention, integrating physical, psychosocial, emotional, spiritual, and behavioral elements and promoting the mind-body interaction”. Drug therapies for fibromyalgia are often ineffective and may cause abuse and dependence. But lately, adapted physical activity and relaxation techniques, in combination with cognitive behavioral therapies and MBTs, are increasingly considered as positive options for non-pharmacological interventions that lessen the impact of chronic pain diseases. Previous research showed that practicing Tai Ji Quan benefits fibromyalgia patients by improving measurable effects of chronic pain disease such as level of disability, quality of life, sleep, pain levels, psychological distress, and functional mobility and capacity. “[TJQ] combines meditation with many fundamental postures flowing imperceptibly and smoothly from one to the other through slow, gentle, graceful movements as well as deep diaphragmatic breathing and relaxation, with the aim to move “qi” (vital energy) throughout the body,” the authors wrote in the study. During the 16-week study, 44 fibromyalgia patients from Italy were randomly divided into two groups; the experimental group (22 patients), who practiced Tai Chi twice a week, and the control group (22 patients) who were treated with an educational program about fibromyalgia
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