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Qigong Practice May Aid Those With Brain Trauma

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Jan 04, 2010

Mind-Body-Spirit News

A brief qigong program may improve mood and self-esteem for people with traumatic brain injury, according to a pilot study published in Clinical Rehabilitation (2009; 23 [7], 589–98). Researchers from the University of Nottingham, in England, recruited 20 people with traumatic brain injury and randomly assigned them to participate in either a qigong exercise session for 1 hour per week for 8 weeks or non-exercise-based social and leisure activities for the same time period. All subjects completed a general health questionnaire, a physical self-description questionnaire and a social-support-for-exercise-habits scale at the study’s beginning and end.

Mood and self-esteem improved in the intervention group compared with the controls. None of the participants showed any significant difference in physical functioning. Researchers recommended a large-scale randomized trial to further study the benefits of qigong exercise for people with traumatic brain injury.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at www.shirleyarcher.com.