Healing from Chronic Myofascial Pain—Support for Chronic Pain Sufferers

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Described below is one of the many approaches I've tried or considered trying for healing my chronic myofascial pain:

Treatments: Exercise

Tai Chi


BOTTOM LINE:  Don't know; haven't tried yet.


Tai chi is a mind-body practice that “combines meditation with slow, gentle, graceful movements; deep diaphragmatic breathing; and relaxation” (as described in a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine that evaluated treating knee pain with Tai Chi versus physical therapy). The Harvard Medical School's Harvard Health PublicationsHarvard Health Blog (June 15, 2016) reports that Tai Chi “can help treat conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia (among others).”

My gymnastics co-captain from college who suffered years of back pain recommended Tai Chi to me. I haven't tried Tai Chi yet, but given its approach, I believe it could be helpful in managing pain and quite possibly in helping the healing process move forward. But it also could flare up my pain symptoms as other physical approaches have done.

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