Qigong and Musculoskeletal Pain

Curr Rheumatol Rep. 2019 Nov 16;21(11):59. doi: 10.1007/s11926-019-0861-6.


Purpose of review: Musculoskeletal pain is a widespread symptom that commonly produces considerable disability, particularly in later life. This brief review strove to summarize and critically review the recent research base concerning the use of Qigong as a possible strategy for alleviating longstanding or chronic musculoskeletal pain states.

Methods: Research reports and literature reviews specifically focusing on Qigong and its impact on various forms of musculoskeletal pain between 2015 and 2019 were sought and analyzed, along with related data.

Results: Collectively, these data reveal that while more research is indicated, Qigong practice may help to attenuate pain in varying degrees among adults with different forms of chronic pain with few side-effects.

Conclusion: More research is needed to ensure health professionals working with adults who have chronic unrelenting musculoskeletal pain may safely recommend these exercises as one possible remedy for reducing intractable musculoskeletal pain.

Keywords: Chronic pain; Exercise; musculoskeletal pain; qigong; Rehabilitation; Treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Pain / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Musculoskeletal Pain / therapy*
  • Pain Management / methods*
  • Pain Measurement
  • Qigong*
  • Treatment Outcome