Pilot study of tai chi for fibromyalgia shows improvements in symptom management and health-related quality of life.
Fibromyalgia is a common musculoskeletal disorder associated with high levels of impaired health and inadequate symptom relief. Citing previous research that indicates that a combination of physical exercise and mind-body therapy is effective for symptom management, researchers at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA carried out a pilot study to investigate the effects of tai chi on fibromyalgia symptoms. 39 individuals with Fibromyalgia were assigned to 6 weeks of twice weekly one-hour tai chi classes. 21 of the 39 participants completed at least 10 out of 12 exercise sessions. Measurements on the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire and SF-36 health survey showed significant improvements in symptom management and health-related quality of life.