A randomized controlled trial of qigong for fibromyalgia – Source: Arthritis Research & Therapy, Aug 3, 2012
by Mary Lynch, et al.
[Note: the full text of this article is available free here. [Chaoyi Fanhuan Qigong may be described as meditative movement that encourages detachment from thoughts & problems for true rest, relaxation and healing. The report represents qigong’s benefits for the majority of patients, physically able to practice qigong.]
Introduction: Fibromyalgia is difficult to treat and requires the use of multiple approaches. This study is a randomized controlled trial of qigong compared with a waitlist control group in fibromyalgia.
Methods: 100 participants were randomly assigned to immediate or delayed practice groups, with the delayed group receiving training at the end of the control period.
• Qigong training (level 1 Chaoyi Fanhuan Qigong, CFQ), given over 3 half-days,
• Was followed by weekly review/practice sessions for 8 weeks;
• Participants were also asked to practice at home for 45-60 minutes per day for this interval.
Outcomes were pain, impact, sleep, physical function and mental function, and these were recorded at baseline, 8 weeks, 4 months and 6 months.
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Immediate and delayed practice groups were analyzed individually compared to the control group, and as a combination group.
In both the immediate and delayed treatment groups, CFQ demonstrated significant improvements in pain, impact, sleep, physical function and mental function when compared to the waitlist/usual care control group at 8 weeks, with benefits extending beyond this time.
Analysis of combined data indicated significant changes for all measures at all times to 6 months, with only one exception.
Post-hoc analysis based on self-reported practice times indicated greater benefit with the per protocol group compared to minimal practice.
This study demonstrates that CFQ, a particular form of qigong, provides long-term benefits in several core domains in fibromyalgia.
CFQ may be a useful adjuvant self-care treatment for fibromyalgia.
Trial Registration: clinicalrials.gov NCT00938834.
Source: Arthritis Research & Therapy, Aug 3, 2012; 14(4):R178. PMID:22863206 Lynch M, Sawynok J, Hiew C, Marcon D. Departments of Anesthesiology, Psychiatry and Pharmacology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. [Email: firstname.lastname@example.org]