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The effect of Qigong on Fibromyalgia (FMS): A controlled randomized study
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2008 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation, ISSN 0963-8288, E-ISSN 1464-5165, Vol. 30, no 8, 625-633 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective. To evaluate the effect of a seven-week Qigong intervention on subjects with FMS.

Methods. The study was a controlled randomised study with repeated measures. Fifty-seven female subjects diagnosed with FMS were randomly assigned to an intervention group (n=29) or a waiting-list control group (n=28). After completion of the experimental part, the control group received the same intervention. Collection of data was made at Pre- and Post-treatment and at four-month Follow-up for both groups.

Results. During the experimental part of the study, significant improvements were found for the intervention group, at Post-treatment, regarding several aspects of Pain, Sleep and Psychological Health and Distress. During the second part of the study, almost identical results were found for the combined group. At four-month Follow-up, the majority of these results were either maintained or improved.

Conclusion. The overall results indicate that participation in the Qigong intervention has reliable and positive effects regarding several relevant dimensions for subjects with FMS. Considering the mean duration of 15 years of the participants’ FMS, the high degree of sick-leave and disability pension, and the amount of previous medical treatment, there are indications of a potential power from this intervention, as these variables are considered to predict poor treatment compliance and prognosis. A high degree of completion, 93 percent, and contentment with the intervention further support the potential of the treatment. The results of the study are encouraging and suggest that this particular Qigong intervention could be a useful complement to medical treatment for subjects with FMS.

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2008. Vol. 30, no 8, 625-633 p.
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Qigong, Fibromyalgia, controlled randomized study
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-16920DOI: 10.1080/09638280701400540ISI: 000254573900007PubMedID: 17852292OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-16920DiVA: diva2:44691
Available from: 2008-06-10 Created: 2008-06-10 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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