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Mind-Body Therapies Help Chronic Pain September 20, 2007

Posted by Dreamhealer in Research.

Although mind-body therapies such as yoga, hypnosis, and tai chi are primarily thought to help with stress reduction, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have found that they can also help with pain management. After reviewing 20 clinical trials involving eight mind-body therapies, they found:

  • Biofeedback was found to help improve chronic low back pain, headache, and rhematologic pain (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Guided imagery was found to help with osteoarthritis pain and improve movement and mobility
  • Mindfulness meditation and hypnosis were seen as helpful for low back pain
  • Progressive muscle relaxation may help reduce headaches
  • Tai chi and qi gong improved arthritis pain and joint pain and stiffness. In one study, tai chi reduced falls by nearly 48 percent.
  • Yoga was seen as helpful for arthritis pain and joint pain and stiffness. One study found it helped improve hip extension and stride length, and another study found an improvement in hand pain and joint tenderness.

No adverse events or safety concerns were reported for the eight treatments.

Tuesday September 18, 2007


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