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Does Tai Chi/Qi Gong help patients with Multiple Sclerosis?
Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2000
Pages: 39 - 48
Source ID: shanti-sources-84731
Abstract:

Abstract

Tai Chi posture, has recently been shown in a number of random controlled trials to improve balance, posture, vigour and general well-being in a variety of client groups. These are problems commonly encountered by people with Multiple Sclerosis. The present study was therefore designed as a pilot evaluation of the usefulness of Tai Chi/Qi Gong for people with Multiple Sclerosis. Eight individuals with Multiple Sclerosis were monitored over a 2-month baseline and 2-month intervention. Statistically significant pre to post improvements for the group as a whole were achieved on measures of depression and balance. A 21-item symptom check-list indicated small improvements over a broad range of other self-rated symptoms.