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Aug 20, 2010 3:40 PM by (CC)

Study: tai chi helps ease the pain of fibromyalgia, plus local event aims to help patients

An ancient chinese martial art could help control pain associated with fibromyalgia.

A small study from Tufts Medical Center in Boston finds the gentle, slow movements of tai chi improved symptoms of fatigue and depression in a group of fibromyalgia patients better than simple stretching exercises.

Participants did tai chi for three months.

About a third of the tai chi group was able to go off medication, compared to one-sixth of the control group.

Larger studies are needed, but experts said tai chi might be a good option for people suffering from chronic pain.

Those wanting to learn more about the neurological pain condition can head to Santa Barbara on Saturday.

A seminar and support group is being held at the Sansum Clinic on West Pueblo Street.

It is the annual Fibro Focus event aimed to help inform, motivate and empower people with fibromyalgia on how how to manage the condition.

It is one of the most common chronic pain conditions in the U.S., affecting more than five million Americans.

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