Qigong's Effects on Stress, Neck-shoulder Pain and Life Quality in a Computerized Office Environment
Dec 27, 2010
Qigong can affect the autonomous nervous system with a rhythmic pattern of slow
movements and breathing.
The Department of Medical Sciences, Occupational and Environmental Medicine,
Uppsala University and University Hospital in Uppsala, Sweden conducted a study to examine the implementation of Qigong for half an hour
daily in a computerized office, and to study effects on health state, general
health, neck-shoulder and lumbar spine symptoms and stress after six weeks
In this study, a crossover intervention study with 37 employees randomized in
two groups. A questionnaire was completed one week before starting study and
every second week during the training period. After 6 weeks the first group
stopped and the second group started the training.
The results show that there
was a small significant improvement of neck pain and disability following
therapy. This suggests that Qigong training may reduce neck disability in office
workers. A longer training period might be needed in further Qigong studies in
healthy, normal populations.
This study will be published in the journal
Complementary Therapies in Clinical
Practice in February of 2011.