2010-08-19 Tai Chi beats stretching in fibromyalgia study



The slow, flowing movements of tai chi are better for relieving pain and other symptoms of fibromyalgia than conventional stretching exercises, doctors reported on Wednesday.

Patients who learned tai chi had improvements throughout the three months of lessons, said study leader Dr. Chenchen Wang of the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.

"Week by week they changed. The pain and depression improved, and a lot of people were depressed," Dr. Wang told Reuters in a phone interview. The study appears today in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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2010-08-19 Tai chi helps ease symptoms of fibromyalgia—study



A recent study determines that the practice of Tai Chi, a gentle form of Chinese martial art is effective in easing the symptoms of chronic pain and mental anguish associated with fibromyalgia.

Tai chi is a mind-body approach that involves slow, rhythmic and repetitive movements with emphasis on breathing.

It helps patients relax, enhance body strength, flexibility and mobility while relieving stress and anxiety.

Dr. Gloria Yeh, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School stated "This could represent an ideal exercise for fibromyalgia sufferers. Since it is a low-impact, gentle, non-threatening, accessible activity, it may be a perfect exercise for debilitated patients with fibromyalgia who otherwise cannot or choose not to do other forms of exercise.(Read entire article)