Chronic pain conditions, including fibromyalgia (FM), are often exacerbated by psychological and social factors. Clinicians regularly manage FM with analgesic medications; however, this frequently fails to be successful. Meditative movements, such as Tai Chi, could be an intervention that improves pain management in patients with FM. An ever-growing body of research suggests that Tai Chi exerts significant positive effects on improving pain management, whilst also improving quality of life. The implementation of Tai Chi, nonetheless, provides a challenge. Furthermore, research fails to consider home based practice, compared to supervised classes. Overall, Tai Chi could empower patients to adopt lifestyle changes which improves pain management and symptom control. Access to mindfulness based exercise requires further consideration and implementation.
Rebecca Carole Wood