Tai Chi Good for Fibromyalgia (FM)

Reference:Jones KD, et al A randomized controlled trial of 8-form Tai chi improves symptoms and functional mobility in fibromyalgia patients. Clin Rheumatol. 2012 May 13.

This is another study to add to the pile showing the benefits of Tai Chi. This time 100 individuals diagnosed with “fibromyalgia” (93% female) were randomized to either a control group or a Tai Chi group.

Those in the Tai Chi group met in small groups twice a week for a 90-minute class for 12 weeks.

After 3 months, those who did the Tai Chi movements had clinically and statistically significant improvements in all pain and functional scores. The Tai Chi group also had significant improvements in their sleep quality and balance.

The study goes on to report that the subjects in the Tai Chi group reported no adverse events. (I’ve had many patients report of Yoga or Pilates related injuries but I have not yet had a patient report of a Tai Chi injury!)

Clinical Relevance: To help your future patients diagnosed with FM, promote self-efficacy and recommend a trial of Tai Chi at least twice a week for 3 months.

It is up to them to find a class in their local community center and comply; you are suggesting a management option based on the best available evidence…also suggest pole walking!

Posted on: October 06, 2012

Categories: Fascinating Pain Studies , Relevant Physical Therapy Articles

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