Abstract Title:

Effects of T'ai Chi exercise on fibromyalgia symptoms and health-related quality of life.

Abstract Source:

Orthop Nurs. 2003 Sep-Oct;22(5):353-60. PMID: 14595996

Abstract Author(s):

Helen M Taggart, Christine L Arslanian, Sejong Bae, Karan Singh

Article Affiliation:

Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA, USA.


BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia (FM), one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders, is associated with high levels of impaired health and inadequate or limited symptom relief. The cause of this complex syndrome is unknown, and there is no known cure. Numerous research results indicate that a combination of physical exercise and mind-body therapy is effective in symptom management. T'ai Chi, an ancient Chinese exercise, combines physical exercise with mindbody therapy.

PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of T'ai Chi exercise on FM symptoms and health-related quality of life.

DESIGN: Pilot study, one group pre-to-post posttest design.

METHODS: Participants with FM (n = 39) formed a single group for 6 weeks of 1-hour, twice weekly T'ai Chi exercise classes. FM symptoms and health-related quality of life were measured before and after exercise.

FINDINGS: Twenty-one participants completed at least 10 of the 12 exercise sessions. Although the dropout rate was higher than expected, measurements on both the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) (Buckhardt, Clark,&Bennett, 1991) and the Short Form-36 (SE-36) (Ware&Sherbourne, 1992) revealed statistically significant improvement in symptom management and health-related quality of life. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING RESEARCH: Knowledge of interventions to enhance health for the patient with musculoskeletal problems is a National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses priority. Tai Chi is potentially beneficial to patients with FM. Further research is needed to support evidence-based practice.

Study Type : Human Study
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