cYSTIC FIBROSIS and Tai Chi & qigong


Researchers at London South Bank University, Faculty of Health and Social Care, conducted a study on how Tai Chi may benefit those dealing with Cystic Fibrosis.
The results were very promising, so much so that the Tracie Lawlor Trust for Cystic Fibrosis has commissioned a second, larger scale study.
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Study explores physical and mental health benefits of tai chi for people with cystic fibrosis ...
While the results are still being analysed by Professor Nicola Robinson, Dr Patricia Ronan and colleagues from the Royal Brompton Hospital, to be published later this year, initial findings reveal that almost 60% said the trial had helped their breathing, including enabling them to get more mucus out during physio. The majority of participants reported improvements in managing stress and anxiety, with some reporting improved sleep and better awareness of posture.

Children and Adults Tai Chi Study (CF-CATS2): a randomised controlled feasibility study comparing internet-delivered with face-to-face Tai Chi lessons in cystic fibrosis
CF is one of the commonest life-limiting genetic diseases in the United Kingdom. While survival has increased over the past three decades, cross-infection and complex treatment demands have led to the need for innovative and flexible healthcare support. Tai Chi appears to be a popular and useful method of offering an alternative method of exercise with benefits not previously considered, for example improvements in sleep, abdominal pain and cough. Additionally, Tai Chi can be performed by individuals of varying ages, abilities and disease severity with little or no detriment to health.

This study has shown that it is feasible to follow complex instructions over the internet, in this instance using Tai Chi as the model. It can be successfully taught over the internet with no safety or tolerability issues when compared with Tai Chi taught face-to-face.
-- NIH (National Institutes of Health)

Learning to breathe with Tai Chi online - qualitative data from a randomized controlled feasibility study of patients with cystic fibrosis.
"Both face-to-face and internet delivery of Tai Chi lessons were equally well received and perceived as beneficial. In the current COVID-19 pandemic, CF patients self-isolating may find this intervention provides important support, therefore the programme was made available on YouTube in April 2020 and linked to the websites of the CF charities funding the research."
-- NIH

Cystic Fibrosis - Children and Adults Tai chi Study (CF CATS2): Can Tai Chi improve symptoms and quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis ? Second Phase study protocol ...
As the area of Tai Chi for respiratory function and cystic fi brosis is new,(11) this feasibility work could provide evidence to inform clinical practice and patient self-management, and input for the design of future randomised trials.
-- Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine


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Yoga as a Therapy for Adolescents and Young Adults With Cystic Fibrosis: A Pilot Study
This pilot study of a standardized 8-week yoga program in CF adolescents and young adults was safe and well tolerated. Yoga may be considered for CF patients with mild to moderate lung disease. It is suggested that CF patients discuss the potential risks and benefits of yoga with their CF healthcare providers before starting a yoga program. Yoga sessions should include only 1 CF patient due to the possibility of transmitting infection. We hope that this study may be helpful to yoga instructors who are interested in working with CF patients.

-- NIH (National Institutes of Health)

Mindfulness Training May Enhance the Psychological Well-Being of People with Cystic Fibrosis ...

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