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Qigong May Help the Wheelchair-Bound Older Adults in Long-Term Care Facilities
 
March 28, 2011 -
Institutional wheelchair-bound older adults often do not get regular exercise and are prone to health problems. In the March 2011 issue of Biological Research for Nursing, a study aimed to test the effects of a 12-week qigong exercise program on the physiological and psychological health of wheelchair-bound older adults in long-term care facilities.
 
Study design was quasi-experimental, pre-post test, nonequivalent control group. Participants comprised a convenience sample of 72 wheelchair-bound older adults (qigong = 34; control = 38). The qigong group exercised 35 min/day, 5 days/week for 12 weeks. Measures for physical health (blood pressure, heart rate variability, and distal skin temperature) and psychological health (Brief Symptom Rating Scale-5) were collected before and during study Weeks 4, 8, and 12.
 
The qigong group participants' blood pressure, distal skin temperature, and psychological health were significantly improved.
 
These findings suggest that qigong exercise is a suitable daily activity for elderly residents in long-term care facilities and may help in the control of blood pressure among older adults.

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