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Effects of qigong on stress among computer operators

This study suggests, “Qigong [chee-kung] exercise may reduce stress [associated with] computerized work.”

First, the details.

  • 20 women were assigned to the qigong group or a control group.

And, the results.

  • There was evidence of reduced sympathetic nervous system activity as measured by significant reductions in noradrenaline excretion in urine, and heart rate and temperature.
  • The qigong group also reported reduced low-back symptoms.

The bottom line?
Details (when, what, where, how) of the qigong practiced by these volunteers are not disclosed in the abstract. Presumably they participated in low-impact exercise program combined with breathing techniques.

It’s not qigong, but here are some recommendations, to avoid computer stress. Thanks to Fran Hedges from Roehamptom University in London.

6/15/07 00:52 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.