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Qigong Improves Balance in Young Women
July 27, 2013 -
Balance problems are common in people of all ages and can lead to falls, thus causing fractures with consequent disability. Qigong practice has long been part of daily life in Chinese culture, and has good effects on physical health maintenance. A study by Extremadura University School of Medicine in Spain describes the change in balance in young, healthy women after practicing Qigong for eight weeks.

The study, a controlled, randomized longitudinal trial, involved 30 women aged 18-25 years. The subjects had no prior experience of Qigong or Tai Chi and were unaware of the aims of the study. Subjects were randomly assigned to a Qigong intervention group or a control group. Those in the Qigong intervention group performed exercises in 20 figures for health and long-life for 1 h twice per week, for 4 weeks. The control group undertook no exercise at all.

The Qigong subjects showed a significant improvement in their stabilometry results, while no improvement was seen in the control group. At the beginning of the intervention, the stabilometry values recorded for the Qigong intervention group were worse than those recorded for the control group. However, a comparison of the post-intervention values between these groups showed that these differences have disappeared.

The conclusion from the study is: Qigong can improve balance in healthy, young women.

The study is published in the July 2013 issue of Journal of integrative medicine.




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