A 12-week Baduanjin Qigong exercise improves symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis: A randomized controlled trial.

Author: Xie Y1, Guo F2, Lu Y3, Guo Y1, Wei G1, Lu L1, Ji W1, Qian X1
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1Department of Rhematology, Jiangsu Province Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine (affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine), Nanjing, China.
2Department of Rhematology, Jiangsu Province Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine (affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine), Nanjing, China. Electronic address: zmtsxwt@aliyun.com.
3First Clinical Medical College, Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, China.
Conference/Journal: Complement Ther Clin Pract.
Date published: 2019 Aug
Other: Volume ID: 36 , Pages: 113-119 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.12.007. Epub 2018 Dec 15. , Word Count: 172


BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Therapeutic exercises are considered effective treatments for ankylosing spondylitis(AS). Current study aimed to evaluate efficacy and safety of Baduanjin qigong, a traditional Chinese exercise, for treatment of AS in a pilot RCT setting.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 60 patients were randomly assigned, at a 1:1 ratio, to receive a 12-week Baduanjin qigong training(exercise group) or maintain their current lifestyle(no-treatment group). As primary outcomes, Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index(BASDAI) and other AS symptoms were assessed at baseline and end of treatment period.

RESULTS: A total of 46 patients completed the study. At the end of treatment period, although total BASDAI scores were not statistically different, reduced scores were observed in the exercise group, compared to no-treatment group, with respect to fatigue(P = 0.03), intensity(P = 0.04) and duration(P = 0.01) of morning stiffness; exercise group also exhibited higher patient global assessment scores(P = 0.04).

CONCLUSION: Baduanjin qigong exercise appeared to improve AS symptoms.

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KEYWORDS: Ankylosing spondylitis; Baduanjin qigong; Qigong; Traditional exercise

PMID: 31383427 DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.12.007

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