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 f
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  1. Bonnie Nordby says:

    Qigong the forebearer of Tai Chi is most effective. Since qigong utilizes more unilateral movements and simpler repetitive sequences it is easier to learn. This induces a parasympathetic trance much more quickly than many longer complex tai chi sets that activate thinking and self judgement. Once you learn qigong it is easy to graduate to tai chi. A program called Tai Chi Easy was developed to start people with qigong and slowly introduce them to tai chi. Also self accupressure and massage is helpful practices you will learn. Dr. Roger Jahnke and the IIQTC developed Tai Chi Easy.

    • David says:

      First, there are so much that are called Qigong and terribly many different teachers teaching very different things. For qigong, you would want to search for a certified medical doctor in traditional Chinese medicine. Second, Tai Chi has something that very little qigong offer. Tai Chi will “heat up” your body better and teach your body a certain calmness. No qigong set will teach you to move slowly and focused for such a long time as Tai Chi. I believe it’s right here the benefits lies. Not in what makes Tai Chi qigong, but what makes Tai Chi – Tai Chi. 😉

  2. SUZANNE YOUNG says:

    Oh these terrible misleading headlines and soundbites. Am livid 22 people as opposed to millions world wide over 3 months is ridiculous…. Also those who are well enough to go to an exercise class are a minority… Many thousands are in bed or home and unable to work or walk. These studies disappoint me. Every single Fibromyalgia sufferer is different with different levels and capability of movement and quality of life.
    Tai Chi is a lovely form of exercise for some but would be painful and impossible for many more Fibromyalgia sufferers with prominent chronic fatigue, irritable bowl, vertigo, memory loss, painful limbs and light heat and noise sensitivity. Completely worthless study in my opinion. 16 year Fibromyalgia sufferer (who has tried every physical and medical option) who was a fitness instructor and dance teacher for 20 years

    • Kate Kuhn says:

      Fitness and dance don’t do it. You have to focus on the fascia. Massage doesn’t do it either, FYI. Gentle movement that integrates muscles, body, mind, fascia, internal organs, bones, ets.

  3. Andrea Frankel says:

    This is great, but not for those of us with both ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia. Does anyone know of a seated version of Tai Chi?

    • David says:

      You can learn everything seated if you want. Any good Tai Chi teacher would know how to teach. If you want to search for a good teacher, the forum “” or a facebook group as “The Kwoon” are good places to start looking.

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