Tai chi beats aerobics as therapy for fibromyalgia

TAI CHI is more successful than aerobic exercise in reducing pain and improving well-being for  patients with fibromyalgia, a trial shows.

US researchers found that tai chi mind-body treatment conducted at the same intensity and duration as aerobics achieved clinically important improvements in symptoms, including reducing pain and analgesic use.

The study of 226 people with a mean age of 52 who had experienced pain for an average nine years, compared tai chi over 12 and 24 weeks with aerobic exercise, the latter chosen because it is standard in  fibromyalgia management.