Tai Chi May Benefit Patients with Fibromyalgia – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. A new study shows that people with fibromyalgia may benefit from practicing tai chi.
Briggs: Tai chi is an ancient meditative form of exercise.
Narrator: Dr. Josephine Briggs is the Director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Briggs: It’s very commonly practiced in China. It's a mind-body practice. It combines slow movements, deep breathing, relaxation and meditative components.
Narrator: Scientists estimate that fibromyalgia affects 5 million Americans age 18 or older. It’s a chronic disorder and symptoms include widespread pain, tender points, and fatigue. For more information on this study, visit www.nccam.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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