Qigong May Help the Wheelchair-Bound Older Adults in Long-Term Care Facilities
March 28, 2011
Institutional wheelchair-bound older adults
often do not get regular exercise and are prone to health problems. In the March
2011 issue of
Biological Research for Nursing, a study aimed to test the effects of a 12-week qigong exercise
program on the physiological and psychological health of wheelchair-bound older
adults in long-term care facilities.
Study design was quasi-experimental, pre-post
test, nonequivalent control group. Participants comprised a convenience sample
of 72 wheelchair-bound older adults (qigong = 34; control = 38). The qigong
group exercised 35 min/day, 5 days/week for 12 weeks. Measures for physical
health (blood pressure, heart rate variability, and distal skin temperature) and
psychological health (Brief Symptom Rating Scale-5) were collected before and
during study Weeks 4, 8, and 12.
The qigong group participants' blood
pressure, distal skin temperature, and psychological health were significantly
These findings suggest that qigong exercise is a suitable daily activity for elderly
residents in long-term care facilities and may help in the control of blood
pressure among older adults.