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Tai chi benefits Fibromyalgia patients

October 31, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston MA conducted a randomized trial to compare tai chi to a wellness education and stretching for fibromyalgia. 66 individuals with Fibromyalgia were randomly assigned between the two groups which both met for one hour twice a week for 12 weeks.

The patients in the tai chi group had clinically important improvements in the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, a commonly used questionnaire used in the evaluation of fibromyalgia patients. Individuals in the tai chi group also had clinically important improvements in quality of life with statistically significant between group differences in both the physical and mental components scores of the SF-36 health survey. Improvements were maintained at 24 weeks and no adverse events were observed.

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