LSBU starts study into Tai Chi benefits for people with Cystic Fibrosis
18 July 2014
Researchers in LSBU's Faculty
of Health and Social Care are now conducting a second phase study to find out
whether Tai Chi can help people with Cystic Fibrosis.
Cystic Fibrosis is a
genetic long term, debilitating condition in which people can expect to be
severely unwell for long periods. Core bodily functions such as breathing and
digestion are extremely compromised, which makes exercise and even socialising problematic.
The team has already
conducted one of the first studies in the world to find out whether Tai Chi
might be beneficial to help people stay well or to help when they are unwell. As
the results were very promising, the Tracie Lawlor Trust for Cystic Fibrosis
has commissioned a second, larger scale study to ascertain whether these results
can be replicated.
The study is being carried
out in collaboration with the Royal Brompton Hospital and with the help of
experienced teachers from Wu Shi Taiji Quan and Qi Gong association
Tai Chi is an ancient
Chinese form of exercise which uses mindfulness, breathing techniques and
choreographed movements to improve health and wellbeing.
During the study
participants from the Royal Brompton will either receive face to face Tai Chi
sessions or remote internet-delivered Tai Chi. They will all receive a DVD and
a booklet to help them practice Tai Chi at home, using youngsters from St Joseph's in Croydon (pictured) and from St Jude's in Southwark.
It is hoped the findings
of the study will show whether Tai Chi could be a useful add-on treatment for those with Cystic Fibrosis, and also what further research is needed.
Prof Nicky Robinson, Dr Ava
Lorenc and Dr Patricia Ronan are running the project, and Awais Mian is
coordinating the Tai Chi teaching. The project is funded by the Tracie Lawlor
Trust for cystic fibrosis (http://www.tracielawlortrust.com/), a leading charity for evidence based complementary research for
cystic fibrosis. For more information please contact the