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HAVE YOU HEARD? Tai chi recommended to fight fibromyalgia.


Tai chi is as good as - or even better than - aerobic exercise for helping people with the chronic pain condition fibromyalgia.

A six-month US trial of 226 people with the condition showed that those who did tai chi improved significantly more than those doing aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercises such as walking, cycling and swimming are recommended for people with fibromyalgia.

The study, published in the British Medical Journal, said the findings suggest "it may be time to rethink what type of exercise is most effective for patients". The participants were each assigned to either aerobic exercise twice a week for 24 weeks sessions for 12 or 24 weeks. Changes in their symptom scores were assessed at 12, 24 and 52 weeks. Before the trial, participants had filled in a questionnaire, scoring symptoms such as pain intensity, physical function, fatigue, depression, anxiety and overall wellbeing.

While scores improved in all areas, the tai chi patients showed significant improvement at the 24-week stage.

The effects of tai chi were consistent across all patients and no one had any serious adverse effects.

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 8, 2018
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