• I am using chi-gung excercises to offset side effects - cold hands. Anyone else getting good results from same?

    Asked by JustJack on Friday, January 13, 2012

    I am using chi-gung excercises to offset side effects - cold hands. Anyone else getting good results from same?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • danellsar's Avatar

      Can you describe chi-gung exercises? My husband's hands have been cold and stiff and clumsy since first chemo (oxalplatin).

      over 9 years ago
    • JustJack's Avatar

      most simply, intertwine the fingers, about shoulder height, palm side facing outward. Push hands outward away from the body. Breath out while pushing hands. Bring hands down, about 6 inches, and pull intertwined hands towards the chest; Breath in. Repeat. One person I taught this to at my chemo center had improvement repeating this motion 10 times 3 times a day. I use 18 repetitions at least three times a day. The breathing is very important. Push and pull hands slowly enough to complete full and deep breaths each time. Try this for at least two weeks. Don't give up after first attempts.- God Bless.

      over 9 years ago
    • outdoorboywa's Avatar

      I did chi gung for general health for 6 months following my last diagnosis and treatment and it was exceptional. It was a great stress reducer as well as helpful in relieving muscle tension. It is supposed to help with lymph flow as well.

      I ended up with other benefits as well. Significantly increased my balance (I am a ski instructor and have done yoga for 10 years, so a noticeable increase in balance was a pleasant surprise), was good for over-all and core toning, increased range of motion and reduced soreness in a shoulder I injured years ago.

      With a competent instructor, I believe anyone can benefit. My instructor works with arthritus patients and some participants work from a chair if they need to. One will probably get a benefit even by following some of the better youtubes videos. Of course, always talk with your doctor about your exercise program.

      almost 9 years ago

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