Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic disease with many symptoms. It makes you feel tired and sore all the time. You don’t sleep well and you may also suffer from headaches, food allergies and irritable bowel. In addition, you may have fibro-fog a symptom that affects your ability to think.
The research is mounting to support practicing qigong to relieve symptoms and two people have been cured by practicing qigong. Several studies were examined in this review. Here are the findings from the studies:
Practicing Qigong can improve:
- physical and mental function
These improvements were achieved in many of the studies – even though the studies were very different. The time spent practicing and type of qigong practiced was different in the studies. The authors of this research focus on 4 random controlled trials (considered the gold standard for research) to make recommendations. They highlight that practicing qigong 30-45 minutes daily for 6 to 8 weeks consistently produces results. These benefits were constant after 4 to 6 weeks. In addition, study participants continue to practice Qigong!
It is interesting to note that it does not matter what kind of qigong you practice. This validates what many of my teachers have said, bad qigong is better than no qigong. What is important is that you do it, and you do it every day. I teach some of the qigong that was mentioned in the studies. I have introduced qigong to my fibromyalgia clients who take an aqua-fitness class with me. The class is 60 minutes long. The first 10 minutes is range of motion exercises followed by 20 minutes of gentle cardio. We then practice qigong for 30 minutes. The ladies love the class, word has spread and the class is usually full.
Do you want relief from your FM symptoms? You have nothing to lose but your pain! Come and give it a try. Check out my Fluid Zen or Fibromyalgia class (both are in warm water), or come to a land class. You will learn a 15 minute routine that you can do twice a day at home for FM relief. Class starts June 26, 2019.