Identifying Brain Mechanisms Related to Body Awareness Using QiGong to Relieve Chronic Low Back Pain

  • End date
    Jun 30, 2028
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Minnesota
Updated on 28 October 2022
back pain
low back pain


The long-term objective of this investigation is to identify how Qigong affects brain function in brain areas relevant to patients with chronic low back pain (cLBP), thereby setting a foundation from which to perform further clinical research.


The central hypothesis of this investigation is that, in adults with cLBP, practicing Qigong compared to exercise will result in reduced pain and improved body awareness and proprioception (primary behavioral endpoints), disability, balance, core muscle strength, and other CLBP symptoms will be secondary behavioral endpoints.To test this hypothesis, the investigators will assess (1) participant recruitment and retention ; (2) adherence to interventions, engagement/satisfaction with the program; and (3) changes in body awareness-related brain activation and connectivity pre-post intervention (Qigong vs exercise) related to primary endpoints of pain perception, body awareness and objective measures of lower limb proprioception.

Condition Low Back Pain
Treatment Qigong exercise, P.Volve Exercises
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04164225
SponsorUniversity of Minnesota
Last Modified on28 October 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Adults with chronic low back pain

Exclusion Criteria

Those with cognitive problems
Those unable to speak or understand instructions
Those who have nerve problems, fractures, or infections
Those who do not speak English
Those with severe deficit in motor imagery or in vision (both are used in MRI tasks)
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