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USING THE ANCIENT MARTIAL ART TAI CHI HELPS PATIENTS WITH FIBROMYALGIA, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Tai chi, one ancient Chinese form of martial art, helps people with fibromyalgia function better, a study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine found.  Michael Clark, a psychiatrist who treats many patients with fibromyalgia at Johns Hopkins, describes the study.

CLARK:  What you see here is that a relatively severely ill group of patients with fibromyalgia, people who have had the illness on the average for over ten years, and have fairly significant symptoms and disability when you look at standardized measures of their functioning and quality of life, do experience improvement and do sustain that improvement over time entering into a structured approach of learning and practicing tai chi.               :28

Clark says there’s virtually no downside to adopting the practice of tai chi for almost anyone, and perhaps especially for those with fibromyalgia, based on this study.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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