Tai Chi May Benefit Patients with Fibromyalgia – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Scientists estimate that fibromyalgia affects 5 million Americans age 18 or older. Dr. Josephine Briggs, at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine says that between 80 and 90 percent of those diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women.
Briggs: One of the characteristics of fibromyalgia is enhanced sensitivity pain. People with fibromyalgia also often suffer from sleep disturbances, disturbed appetite, and depression and enhanced stress.
Narrator: Now a new study is showing that people with fibromyalgia may benefit from practicing tai chi, an ancient meditative form of exercise. For details, 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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