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Chi is a new, Chinese exercise therapy which is based on an old tradition. It is a kind of water exercise that merges Chinese and Western medicine together. Moreover, it is now starting to take the Western world by storm!
Fibromyalgia pain can be debilitating for those who suffer from it. Furthermore, there are not too many healing options available for fibromyalgia. A recent study published in the July 2016 edition of the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases, says that Chi does work to treat Fibromyalgia pain. In fact, the participants of the study reported notable improvements in nearly all aspects addressed by the study, especially in pain perception, mental health, vitality and overall quality of life.
Amazingly, scientists have never examined the health advantages of Chi before. Maybe because it is a relatively modern therapy, developed only in the 1990s. Keep in mind that Chi is much different from Tai Chi.
How Does Chi Work?
It works by standing in shoulder-depth, warm water and beginning with simple breathing techniques. After a breathing session, you progressively move your body, one part at a time, until your entire body is in motion. You can begin with slowly moving your hands and arms, then move your shoulders, chest, abdomen, legs and feet. This Chinese therapy actually consists of 19 movements which you repeat slowly throughout the exercise.
To get started, find a Chi trainer or community in your area! Many places that offer pool exercise programs are incorporating a Chi program, as well. If you suffer from fibromyalgia, this just might be your chance to break some new ground!
In conclusion, if you suffer from fibromyalgia or any other illness which results in chronic pain, give Chi a try! Many people are swearing by this new trend! Plus, you never know, it could be the answer to your chronic pain!
Robin, and the Zen Team!
*Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. Therefore, ask your doctor about any health concerns that you might have and seek proper medical treatment.
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