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Welcome to Bill Gallagher’s Blog. Click on a Title to view that entry by itself. I plan to bring together the best of what the web offers on the benefits and mechanisms underlying Meditation, Qigong, Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Alexander and Feldenkrais. Your comments are always welcome.

Tai Chi improves mood, sleep quality, physical performance and self-efficacy in in college students

Effect of Pilates tai chi and pilates training on self-efficacy, sleep quality, mood, and physical performance of college students.Here is a LINK to the study.

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Tai Chi Qigong for Knee Arthritis

Tai Chi Qigong training appears to have beneficial effects in terms of the quality of life and physical functioning of elderly subjects with knee osteoarthritis. That was the primary finding of this recent study: LINK

The results of this clinical study "piles on" yet more evidence that Tai Chi & Qigong are invaluable therapies for people with arthritis.

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Do you snore? Could be sleep apnea…..

Muscle pain, joint pain, myofascial pain syndromes and movement impairment syndromes can be caused or exacerbated by inadequate or poor quality sleep.

Here is a link to an NPR story on sleep apne.

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Is it normal to spend a few hours staring at the ceiling in the middle of the night?

Here is a link to an NPR story about the natural tendency for sleep to be interupted in the early AM by a period of "wakeful rest", This tendency increases with age.

NPR Link

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Placebo Surgery for Back Pain

The power of the mind to heal back pain has been highlighted by two studies that looked at the effectiveness of a procedure to treat verterbral fractures by injecting medical cement into the bone. These studies found that whether a given participant recieved the "real" surgery or a "sham" surgery , it was just as likely to be beneficial for pain Here is a link to an NPR story on these studies and implications:

NPR Story

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Guided Imagery, Visualization, Mental Practice to Enhance Performance

Whether you are an elite athlete or a person with disability, mental practice (aka guided imagery, visualization) can calm anxiety and enhance performance. Here is a link to an article in the New York Times about elite swimmers who use these techniques:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/26/sports/26swim.html?_r=1&sq=athletes%20anxiety&st=cse&scp=2&pagewanted=print

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Labcoats for doctors & therapists

When I am working with people who have a compromised immune system or a potentially contagious bug (which essentially includes anyone), the last thing I want is a lab coat to carry bugs between patients. Here is a link to an article in the New York Times about a move afoot to "ban" lab coats for doctors.

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Research on Mental Imagery

Video on functional MRI and other research indicating that imagery/visualization/mental practice can be helpful for:

  • Healing
  • Habits/Addictions
  • Anxiety
  • Self-Image

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