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Qigong reduces stress in computer operators
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. (Eva VingÄrd)
2007 (English)In: complementary therapies in clinical practice, ISSN 1744-3881, Vol. 13, no 2, 78-84 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]


Chinese research indicates that the Qigong method reduces psychosomatic and physical symptoms through an effect on the sympathetic nervous system.


The aim was to investigate the effects of Qigong on stress among computer operators.


Ten women were included in a Qigong group and an equal number in a control group. Heart rate, blood pressure, and finger temperature were measured at the beginning and at the end of the working day during 5 weeks. twenty four-hours urine samples were collected in the first and last weeks to measure catecholamine excretion in urine. Participants kept a daily record of psychological measures of strain and weekly measures of stress levels.

Results and conclusions

Qigong reduced noradrenaline excretion in urine (p<0.05), and influenced the heart rate and temperature, indicating reduced activity of the sympathetic nervous system. Moreover, Qigong reduced low-back symptoms (p<0.05). In conclusion, Qigong exercise may reduce stress at computerised work.

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2007. Vol. 13, no 2, 78-84 p.
Keyword [en]
Adult, Analysis of Variance, Anxiety/*prevention & control, Blood Pressure, Body Temperature, Breathing Exercises, Burnout; Professional/*prevention & control/psychology, Catecholamines/urine, Female, Health Behavior, Heart Rate, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Psychometrics, Questionnaires
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-13848DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2006.09.003PubMedID: 17400142OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-13848DiVA: diva2:41618
Available from: 2008-01-28 Created: 2008-01-28 Last updated: 2010-04-06Bibliographically approved

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