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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2011 Feb;17(1):54-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2010.09.003. Epub 2010 Dec 3.

Qigong training and effects on stress, neck-shoulder pain and life quality in a computerised office environment.

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  • 1Department of Medical Sciences, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Uppsala University and University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.



Qigong is a Chinese health promoting exercise with a rhythmic pattern of slow movements and breathing affecting the autonomous nervous system.


To examine the implementation of Qigong for half an hour daily in a computerised office, and to study effects on health state, general health, neck-shoulder and lumbar spine symptoms and stress after six weeks training


A crossover intervention study with 37 employees randomised in two groups. A questionnaire was completed one week before starting study and every second week during the training period. After 6 weeks the first group stopped and the second group started the training.


There was a small significant improvement of neck pain and disability following therapy.


Qigong training may reduce neck disability in office workers. A longer training period might be needed in further Qigong studies in healthy, normal populations.

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