Brain Mechanisms of Qigong for Neuropathic Pain Relief in Adults with Spinal Cord Injury


The researchers aim to prove that Qigong practice can result in reduced or relieved neuropathic pain, improved mood, life satisfaction, self-efficacy, enjoyment to move, and community integration; and decreased fear of movement, use of medication or health care services for adults with spinal cord injury.

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Male or Female
18 years and over
This study is NOT accepting healthy volunteers
Inclusion Criteria:

• 18 to 75 years old
• spinal cord injury (SCI) at least 3 months ago
• medically stable with paraplegia (T1 and below) or tetraplegia (C4 and below)
• highest level of below-level SCI-related neuropathic pain >3 on the numeric pain rating scale.
Exclusion Criteria:

• unable to have a MRI (stabilizing hardware is typically MRI safe)
• uncontrolled seizure disorder; cognitive impairment and/or communicative disability (e.g., due to brain injury) that prevent the participant from following directions or from learning
• ventilator dependent
• pregnant or plans to become pregnant during study
• inability to perform kinesthetic imagery

Brain & Nervous System

SCI, Spinal Cord Injury

Ann Van de Winckel -
Ann Van de Winckel
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