ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help

Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

Delayed diagnosis of Lyme disease has devastating effect on patients

Missing Link Found Between Brain, Immune System - Major Disease Implications

National Institutes Of Health Discovers Protective Effects Of Coffee

Fatigue & Fibro Fog: Could You Have a B-12 Deficiency?

Association of lyme disease and schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type: Is it inflammation mediated?

Adapt to Stress Naturally with These Power Herbs

Curcumin Made 65X More Bioavailable - Modern Take on a "Golden" Spice Busts Brain Fog, Joint & Body ...

Why So Many Arthritis Sufferers Fail to Find Relief

Researchers’ discovery may explain difficulty in treating Lyme disease

Discovering Coffee's Unique Health Benefits

 
Print Page
Email Article

Modified Tai Chi provides symptom & mobility improvements for fibromyalgia patients at OHSU

  [ 799 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
www.ProHealth.com • May 16, 2012


Article:
A randomized controlled trial of 8-form Tai chi improves symptoms and functional mobility in fibromyalgia patients
– Source: Clinical Rheumatology, May 13, 2012

By Kim D Jones, PhD, Robert M Bennett, MD, et al.

[Note: Tai Chi is a controlled, meditational discipline involving a flowing series of movements that encourage postural balance, rotation, flexing, strength, and enhanced circulation, and as modified in this trial do not worsen pain. The well-respected Oregon Health & Science University’s Fibromyalgia Research Unit was founded by Dr. Robert Bennett, a pioneer in clinical FM research.]

Abstract:
Previous researchers have found that 10-form Tai chi yields symptomatic benefit in patients with fibromyalgia (FM).

The purpose of this study was to further investigate earlier findings and add a focus on functional mobility.

We conducted a parallel-group randomized controlled trial of FM-modified 8-form Yang-style Tai chi program compared to an education control.

Participants met in small groups twice weekly for 90 minutes over 12 weeks.

The primary endpoint was symptom reduction and improvement in self-report physical function, as measured by the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ), from baseline to 12 weeks.

Secondary endpoints included pain severity and interference (Brief Pain Inventory (BPI), sleep (Pittsburg sleep Inventory), self-efficacy, and functional mobility.

Of the 101 randomly assigned subjects (mean age 54 years, 93% female), those in the Tai chi condition compared with the education condition demonstrated clinically and statistically significant improvements in:

• FIQ scores (16.5 vs. 3.1, p=0.0002) [Note: the maximum FIQ score is 100, average score is about 50 and 70 is considered severe impact, according to Dr. Bennett, who developed the measure.],

• BPI pain severity (1.2 vs. 0.4, p=0.0008),

• BPI pain interference (2.1 vs. 0.6, p=0.0000),

• Sleep (2.0 vs. -0.03, p=0.0003),

• And self-efficacy for pain control (9.2 vs. -1.5, p=0.0001).

Functional mobility variables including timed get up and go (-.9 vs. -.3, p=0.0001), static balance (7.5 vs. -0.3, p=0.0001), and dynamic balance (1.6 vs. 0.3, p=0.0001) were significantly improved with Tai chi compared with education control.

No adverse events were noted.

Twelve weeks of Tai chi, practice twice weekly, provided worthwhile improvement in common FM symptoms including pain and physical function including mobility.

Tai chi appears to be a safe and an acceptable exercise modality that may be useful as adjunctive therapy in the management of FM patients.

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier, NCT01311427.

Source:
Clinical Rheumatology, May 13, 2012. PMID:22581278, by Jones KD, Sherman CA, Mist SD, Carson JW, Bennett RM, Li F. Fibromyalgia Research Unit, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA. [Email:joneskim@ohsu.edu]



Please Discuss This Article:   Post a Comment 



[ Be the first to comment on this article ]




 
Free Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Newsletters
Subscribe to
Our FREE
Newsletter
Subscribe Now!
Receive up-to-date ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia treatment and research news
 Privacy Guaranteed  |  View Archives

Save on Vitamins and Supplements

Featured Products

Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Optimized Curcumin Longvida®
Supports Cognition, Memory & Overall Health
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Ultra EPA - Fish Oil
Ultra concentrated source of essential fish oils
Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™
50,000 IU Vitamin D3 - Prescription Strength
FibroSleep™ FibroSleep™
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid

Natural Remedies

When a Good Night's Sleep Is Just a Daydream... When a Good Night's Sleep Is Just a Daydream...
Red Yeast Rice - Natural Option for Supporting Healthy Cholesterol Red Yeast Rice - Natural Option for Supporting Healthy Cholesterol
Natural Support for Mood, Sleep and Mental Focus? L-theanine Natural Support for Mood, Sleep and Mental Focus? L-theanine
Fighting Fatigue with Ground-breaking French Oak Wood Extract Fighting Fatigue with Ground-breaking French Oak Wood Extract
Health Benefits Are Brewing in Green Tea Health Benefits Are Brewing in Green Tea

FIBROMYALGIA RESOURCES
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia Diagnosis
Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Fibromyalgia Treatments
| CFS RESOURCES
What is CFS?
ME/CFS Diagnosis
ME/CFS Symptoms
ME/CFS Treatments
| FORUMS
Fibromyalgia
ME/CFS
ADVANCED MEDICAL LABS
WHOLESALE  |  AFFILIATES
GUARANTEE  |  PRIVACY
CONTACT US
LIBRARY
RSS
SITE MAP
ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus
Credit Card Processing