“Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is characterized by musculoskeletal pain, muscle tenderness leading to disability, impaired quality of life (QoL), fatigue and it is accompanied by sleep disorders and psychological distress. Mind body therapies (MBT), such as Tai Ji Quan (TJQ), use different techniques to facilitate the ability of the mind to influence disease characteristics and symptoms. Some studies showed that TJQ, in patients with rheumatic diseases, particularly FMS, improved QoL, disability and psychological distress.
•Tai Ji Quan improves significantly widespread pain in Fibromyalgia patients.
•Significant reduction of fatigue, an important Fibromyalgia Syndrome symptom.
•Psychological disorders and sleep disturbances decrease significantly.
•Tai Ji Quan reduced disability and improved quality of life in FMS patients.
In FMS patients TJQ, if performed by an expert physiotherapist, should be regarded as an effective rehabilitation method.”
S Maddali Bongi et al., Complement Ther Clin Pract 24, 109-115. 2016 May 27
Susanna Maddali Bongi , Gianluca Paoletti , Michael Calà , Angela Del Rosso , Khadija El Aoufy , Svetlana Mikhaylova
Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, University of Florence, Viale Largo Brambilla 3, 50134 Florence, Italy.