Meditation and movement improve fibromyalgia symptoms

A recent study published in the journal Rheumatology International in February 2012 shows that “meditative movement therapies”— like Qigong, Tai Chi and yoga—showed significant benefits for fibromyalgia.1

Patients experienced improvements in sleep, fatigue, depression, and overall quality of life. Yoga, in particular, offered considerable improvement for pain (as well as fatigue, depression, and quality of life). And no serious adverse events were reported for any of the therapies.

 To find out which of these therapies is best suited to your own personality and health needs, see my book (with Michael Jawer), Your Emotional Type. And for some practical guidelines on using meditation in your busy, daily life, see my book (with Donald McCown), New World Mindfulness. Both books available at or at your local bookstore.


1 Efficacy and safety of meditative movement therapies in fibromyalgia syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Rheumatol Int. Epub ahead of print, 2/15/12