The most common cause of neck pain today is bad posture.

The worst activity of all, is no activity, just simply hunching over your desk for prolonged periods strains your neck muscles leading to pain.

Researchers in the United States have suggested that qigong , pronounced “chee-kong” is a very effective, and natural, way to treat neck pain.

This method intends to bring balance to the Yin and Yang energies, and rebalance a persons qi – “vital energy” – that can enhance their health and well-being.

Qigong has a history of over 2000 years. The practice incorporates different forms of breathing, visual techniques, mental focus and gentle movements which make it suitable for older people who may have physical limitations.

Having published their findings in the journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Pratice, the U.S based researches observed several studies dating from the year 2000 till 2017 regarding qigong and neck pain.

Out of 5 studies that had suitable criteria, they found that qigong was an effective strategy for rectifying neck ailments, though it didn’t prove itself to be any more superior to other treatments available.

Of course, qigong doesn’t simply target one location in the body; there are many other benefits to this practice, physically and mentally.

With qigong, you can aid in the relaxation of muscles, increase the flexibility of ligaments, encourage proper movement of the joints and overall a better balance physically. All can help you avoid injuries or developing ailments later in life.

Internally, qigong techniques aim to revitalize organs such as your heart and lungs. The deep breathing strategies and energy movements increase the elasticity of blood vessels helping blood flow and blood pressure.

Mentally, you can tackle states of depression, anxiety, frustration or grief as qigong intends to transmute negative energies into more positive flowing rhythm.

And if that isn’t enough, qigong has been shown to help lose weight as specific breathing exercises (called “yuchan fanlang gong” which translates as “frog making waves”) reduce your appetite.

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