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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 961418, 7 pages
Research Article

A 12-Words-for-Life-Nurturing Exercise Program as an Alternative Therapy for Cervical Spondylosis: A Randomized Controlled Trial

1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Longhua Hospital, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 200032, China
2Institute of Spine, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 725 South Wanping Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai 200032, China
3Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Central Hospital of Shanghai Jingan District, Shanghai 200040, China
4Orthopaedics and Traumatology, The Bund Street Community Health Service Center Whampoa District of Shanghai City, Shanghai 200001, China
5Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Shanghai Baoshan District Dachang Town Community Health Service Center, Shanghai 200442, China
6Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Shanghai Xuhui District Lingyun Community Health Service Center, Shanghai 200237, China

Received 1 November 2013; Revised 14 January 2014; Accepted 15 January 2014; Published 20 March 2014

Academic Editor: Ching Lan

Copyright © 2014 Zhijun Hu 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.


In this paper, we carried out a randomized controlled clinical trial to explore the effect of 12-words-for-life-nurturing exercise on patients presenting with cervical spondylosis. After exercise intervention, the mean VAS and NDI scores of the patients decreased significantly and the scores of BP, VT, and MH in SF-36 Health Questionnaire were significantly higher. Exercise therapy showed significant effect on relieving pain and improving vitality and mental health. The 12-words-for-life-nurturing exercise may be a potential effective therapy for patients with cervical spondylosis.