Chi Kung, also known as Qigong, is a Chinese practice that integrates physical postures, breathing exercises, and mental focus. The word “Chi” means life force or vital energy, and “Kung” means skill achieved through consistent practice. Practitioners of Chi Kung believe most physical problems, including chronic pain and diseases, are related to imbalances of vital energy fields, and that by restoring your internal/external balance you can maintain health and promote healing and vitality. Research has confirmed many of the benefits of the practice. Chi Kung is moving meditation, and is a very gentle form of exercise that can be practiced by all age groups and can be easily modified for those with physical challenges. Specific exercises help release negative energy and focus on specific areas of the body, such as the spine. With consistent practice, Chi Kung can help you develop a more positive outlook, restore balance, and enhance quality of life. This blog post is an excerpt from Pain Recovery – How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain by Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM, Frank Szabo, LADC, Daniel Shiode, PhD, Robert Hunter, PhD; Published by Central Recovery Press (CRP).