October 30, 2013 | Posted in:Clinical Studies

(The New England Journal of Medicine) – Tai chi is a mind–body practice that originated in China as a martial art. It combines meditation with slow, gentle, graceful movements, as well as deep breathing and relaxation, to move vital energy (or qi) throughout the body. It is considered a complex, multicomponent intervention that integrates physical, psychosocial, emotional, spiritual, and behavioral elements.10 Because of its mind–body attributes, tai chi could be especially well suited to the treatment of fibromyalgia. In fact, tai chi is practiced preferentially in the United States by persons with musculoskeletal and mental health conditions.11,12 A small, nonrandomized study showed that tai chi reduced symptoms and improved quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia,13 and it has also been shown to have potential therapeutic benefits in patients with other chronic rheumatic conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.14,15

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