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

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


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

Objectives: 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

Design: 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.

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

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

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adult
  • Breathing Exercises*
  • Computers*
  • Cross-Over Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neck Pain / therapy*
  • Neck*
  • Quality of Life
  • Shoulder*
  • Stress, Physiological*
  • Stress, Psychological / therapy*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires