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Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016;2016:8010891. doi: 10.1155/2016/8010891. Epub 2016 Jun 21.

How Do Patients with Chronic Neck Pain Experience the Effects of Qigong and Exercise Therapy? A Qualitative Interview Study.

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1
Institute of Public Health, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Seestrasse 73, 13347 Berlin, Germany.
2
Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Economics, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, 10098 Berlin, Germany.
3
Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Economics, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, 10098 Berlin, Germany; Institute for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University of Zurich and UniversityHospital Zurich, Rämistrasse 100, 8091 Zurich, Switzerland.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The high prevalence of chronic neck pain in high income countries impacts quality of life and the social and work-related activities of those afflicted. We aimed to understand how mind-body therapies and exercise therapy may influence the experience of pain among patients with chronic neck pain.

METHODS:

This qualitative interview study investigated how patients with chronic neck pain experienced the effects of exercise or qigong therapy at two time points: during an intervention at three months and after the intervention at six months. Interviews were analysed thematically across interviews and within person-cases. Based on other qualitative studies, a sample size of 20 participants was deemed appropriate.

RESULTS:

The sample (n = 20) consisted of 16 women and four men (age range: 29 to 59). Patients' experiences differed according to the therapies' philosophies. Exercise therapy group interviewees described a focus on correct posture and muscle tension release. Qigong group interviewees discussed calming and relaxing effects. Maintaining regular exercise was easier to achieve with exercise therapy.

CONCLUSIONS:

The findings of this study may help health care providers when counselling chronic pain patients on self-help interventions by informing them of different bodily and emotional experiences of mind-body interventions compared to exercise therapy.

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