Assessing the Feasibility of Qigong Intervention in Veterans with Chronic Low Back Pain
Veterans experience chronic pain at a higher rate (> 40%) than civilians (30%), with back pain most frequently reported. The purpose of this research study is to explore the feasibility of conducting qigong (a movement-based mind-body intervention) with veterans with chronic low back pain. Qigong, a traditional Chinese practice, is a nonpharmacological intervention used to promote health and well-being and to treat medical conditions. Stretching, loosening, strengthening, and balancing techniques of qigong may release back tension, ease pain, and improve flexibility and alignment.
Veterans will visit the Grey Team facility in Boca Raton (1181 S Rogers Circ. #28, Boca Raton, Fl 33487) to participate in instructor-led group qigong sessions. The sessions will be conducted twice weekly for 8 weeks (a total of 16 sessions) and each session will last approximately 45 minutes. Participants will be compensated for their time at the conclusion of the study.
This study is funded by the College of Social Work and Criminal Justice Seed Funding Award Program and the FAU Research Cores Internal Pilot Award.