Strunk, M. A, Zopf, E., Steck, J., Hamacher, S., Hallek, M. & Baumann, FT. (2018). Effects of KYUSHO JITSU on physical activity-levels and quality of life in breast cancer patients. In Vivo: international journal of experimental and clinical pathophysiology and drug research,32(4), 819-824. Greece: International Institute of Anticancer Research. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.21873/invivo.11313
Background/Aim: Breast cancer survivors often report a decrease in physical activity levels and quality of life. The aim of this study was to explore whether a “Kyusho Jitsu” martial arts intervention is feasible and can improve general well-being and physical activity levels in breast cancer survivors. Materials and Methods: Breast cancer survivors (N=51) were randomly assigned to the intervention or control group. The intervention group participated in a 24-week Kyusho Jitsu intervention. Both groups were assessed at baseline, 3, and 6 months. Results: Analysis of original data showed several significant improvements in favor of the intervention group, but also some of the control group. Sensitivity analysis supports these findings. No adverse events were observed. Conclusion: To our knowledge this is the first study showing that a holistic Kyusho Jitsu martial arts intervention can be feasible and effective for breast cancer survivors
Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research
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