Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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Volume 4 |Article ID 301476 | https://doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nel050

Ryan B. Abbott, Ka-Kit Hui, Ron D. Hays, Ming-Dong Li, Timothy Pan, "A Randomized Controlled Trial of Tai Chi for Tension Headaches", Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 4, Article ID 301476, 7 pages, 2007. https://doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nel050

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Tai Chi for Tension Headaches

Received15 Nov 2005
Accepted19 Jun 2006

Abstract

This study examined whether a traditional low-impact mind–body exercise, Tai Chi, affects health-related quality-of-life (HRQOL) and headache impact in an adult population suffering from tension-type headaches. Forty-seven participants were randomly assigned to either a 15 week intervention program of Tai Chi instruction or a wait-list control group. HRQOL (SF-36v2) and headache status (HIT-6™) were obtained at baseline and at 5, 10 and 15 weeks post-baseline during the intervention period. Statistically significant (P < 0.05) improvements in favor of the intervention were present for the HIT score and the SF-36 pain, energy/fatigue, social functioning, emotional well-being and mental health summary scores. A 15 week intervention of Tai Chi practice was effective in reducing headache impact and also effective in improving perceptions of some aspects of physical and mental health.

Copyright © 2007 Ryan B. Abbott et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


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