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Tai Chi for Arthritis Pain Relief

Tai Chi for Arthritis Pain Relief

As per the findings of a multi-study review, practicing Tai Chi and its deep breathing and controlled movements may relieve the pain of arthritis and disabilities related to it.

Tai Chi is a Chinese exercise form that involves gliding and gentle movements which could be performed irrespective of the physical capability.

After reviewing over 290 cases with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis that have practiced Tai Chi, Amanda Hall and colleagues have found that the Tai Chi practice helped reducing pain. The whole study was reviewed at the Sydney University, Australia.

Tai Chi similarly helped reducing pain-related disabilities accompanied with daily activities like climbing stairs, getting in and out of chairs, walking, shopping, and completing household and leisure activities.

Hall said to the Reuters Health that their findings recommend Tai Chi as an effective way to reduce arthritic pain and pain-related disability as other exercise programs do.

Hall along with the colleagues explained to the Arthritis and Rheumatism journal that their previous study revealed the effectiveness of Tai Chi to reduce pain and to improve physical functioning; and, their current study helps quantifying Tai Chi effects.

Their research also included 6 studies that evaluated the effects of Tai Chi among individuals with osteoarthritis in the lower back, knee, hip and ankle along with one study that associated patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Study respondents, normally 60 years of age and more, took part in team Tai Chi sittings of almost an hour once or twice every week. They were always encouraged for practicing Tai Chi poses at their home.

Hall's team compared the pain and related disabilities of the patients before and after they completed Tai Chi programs and the team found a 10% reduction on a 100 point scale; in both of the measures.

According to Hall, the research also revealed that Tai Chi practice helped improvement of mood as well as reducing tension levels.

Since, Tai Chi's efficiency for reducing pain and related disabilities is spare, so Hall's team needs more investigations on greater number of subjects.

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