A preliminary study from Portugal suggests that practicing a short daily qigong routine can be an effective tool for the self-management of burnout in physiotherapists. A group of 106 physiotherapists completed a burnout inventory questionnaire and the researchers selected those with the highest levels of burnout to form the qigong and control groups. The intervention group of eight physiotherapists performed a specific qigong set (‘White Ball’ qigong) twice a day for five minutes each time, while the control group consisted of eight physiotherapists on a waiting list. At the end of a three-week period of treatment or waiting list, both groups repeated the burnout questionnaire. Within the study group, qigong lowered the mean values of the Emotional Exhaustion subscale from 38.0 to 31.4, whereas in the control group the values rose from 33.9 to 37.9. The difference between the two groups was statistically significant. (Qigong therapy for physiotherapists suffering from burnout: a preliminary study. Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Xue Bao. 2012 Nov;10(11):1233-9).

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