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