Qigong (Chi Gung) Exercise Shown to Reduce Neck Pain

According to a study performed by Birgitta Lansinger, MS, PT, from the Göteborg University, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology/Physiotherapy in Sweden, and colleagues, Qigong exercises can provide relief of chronic neck pain.

The study involved two groups - one group received exercise, the other Qigong therapy. All had been experiencing long-term neck pain. Excluded from the study were those with chronic tension-type headache, migraine, traumatic neck injury, neurologic findings, rheumatic diseases, fibromyalgia or severe physical diseases, as well as those undergoing treatment with antidepressive and anti-inflammatory drugs.

Research was conducted between 2001 and 2004. The group exercised over a period of three months, for twelve treatments. Both groups showed improvement, making Qigong exercise equally as effective as exercise for the treatment of chronic neck pain. Improvement was greater than 50% in both groups. The results were evident for six to twelve months following therapy.

The study group was admittedly small, and was not compared to a group receiving no therapy. However, it was concluded that it would be safe to offer Qigong exercises as a method for the management of unspecified chronic neck pain.

Traditional exercise therapy for neck pain includes strengthening exercises, stretching, and exercises to increase neck mobility. Endurance exercises and strength training are also included to improve overall functional ability.

Qigong has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine. Qigong (Chi Gung) exercise involves breathing and movements designed to provide harmony to the body, making it effective for overall health and well-being.

Source: Spine. 2007;32:2415-2422.

Watch the video. Notice the flowing movements. Qigong is a very gentle way to help your body promote healing.