Tai Chi May Be Better For Fibromyalgia Than Aerobic Exercises

Tai chi was associated with greater improvements to fibromyalgia in addition to symptom relief of depression, anxiety, self-efficacy, and the mental component of the Short Form Health Survey of the quality of life measure in the results of a 52 week single blind randomized trial.

Chenchen Wang, MD, at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston writes this mind and body approach may be considered a therapeutic option for the multidisciplinary management of fibromyalgia; as compared with aerobics tai chi appears to be as effective or in some cases better for managing fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is a complex disorder that is characterized by chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and prominent physical and psychological impairment. Fibromyalgia is estimated to affect 2-4% of the general population between the ages of 18-65 years old.

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