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Medicines 2017, 4(4), 71; https://doi.org/10.3390/medicines4040071

Qigong Exercise and Arthritis

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Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Program in Health Education, Columbia University, Teachers College, New York, NY 10027, USA
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School of Health and Professional Studies, Department of Health, Physical Education & Gerontological Studies and Services, City University of New York, York College, Jamaica, NY 11451, USA
Academic Editor: Wen Liu
Received: 27 August 2017 / Revised: 18 September 2017 / Accepted: 20 September 2017 / Published: 27 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Qigong Exercise)
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Abstract

Background: Arthritis is a chronic condition resulting in considerable disability, particularly in later life. Aims: The first aim of this review was to summarize and synthesize the research base concerning the use of Qigong exercises as a possible adjunctive strategy for promoting well-being among adults with arthritis. A second was to provide related intervention directives for health professionals working or who are likely to work with this population in the future. Methods: Material specifically focusing on examining the nature of Qigong for minimizing arthritis disability, pain and dependence and for improving life quality was sought. Results: Collectively, despite almost no attention to this topic, available data reveal that while more research is indicated, Qigong exercises—practiced widely in China for many centuries as an exercise form, mind-body and relaxation technique—may be very useful as an intervention strategy for adults with different forms of painful disabling arthritis. Conclusion: Health professionals working with people who have chronic arthritis can safely recommend these exercises to most adults with this condition with the expectation they will heighten the life quality of the individual, while reducing pain and depression in adults with this condition. View Full-Text
Keywords: arthritis; exercise; quality of life; Qigong; rehabilitation arthritis; exercise; quality of life; Qigong; rehabilitation
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