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For Back Pain Patients, Tai Chi and Qigong Comparable to Chiropractic
 

May 25, 2010 - In the United States, back pain affects between 15% and 30% of the population yearly and is the second leading reason for ambulatory care visits. Back pain is the most common reason for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in the United States, and patients with back pain have more office visits to CAM practitioners than to primary-care physicians.

A new study by Harvard Medical School shows that, while Tai Chi and Qigong are much less popular than CChiropractic among back pain patients, for those who did use them, their perceived benefit was comparable to that perceived by those who used Chiropractic.

This study, published by in its May-June 2010 issue, used data from the 2002 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) to examine the associations between the perceived helpfulness of various CAM therapies for back pain.

The 2002 NHIS was a nationally representative survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionís National Center of Statistics. The Harvard researchers in this study found enough sample data to evaluate 6 CAM modalities used for back pain: Chiropractic, Acupuncture, massage, relaxation techniques, herbal therapy, and Yoga/Tai Chi /Qigong.

The study found that, among these 6 most common CAM modalities for back pain, Chiropractic was used by the most respondents, followed by massage. Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong were evaluated as one modality, and they together had back pain patients less than one-seventh of those of Chiropractic.

One key measurement in this study is how back patients perceived the benefits from the CAM therapies they used. Corresponding to its high popularity, Chiropractic had the best perceived benefits by its users. Using it as a benchmark, the researchers found that Yoga/Tai Chi /Qigong and acupuncture had perceived benefit by their respective users comparable to that perceived by the users of Chiropractic.

 

 


 
 

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