The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 27 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis, while 1.5 million experience rheumatoid arthritis. These individuals may experience significant pain, inflammation or stiffness in their joints as a result. However, a new study suggests that leading a healthier lifestyle and participating in physical activities may help to reduce joint pain.
Researchers from the University of North Carolina recruited 354 adults who were at least 18 years old and had reported experiencing some type of arthritis. The subjects were divided into two groups, one of which participated in a two-month Tai Chi course. All of the participants received an 8-week follow-up evaluation, during which time the group that did not initially take part in the Tai Chi classes was then given this training.
The scientists discovered that there were improvements in pain, stiffness and fatigue among the individuals who had been immediately placed in the Tai Chi courses. These subjects also reported an overall better sense of wellbeing.
Leigh Callahan, the study's lead author, said the investigation "shows that there are significant benefits of the Tai Chi course for individuals with all types of arthritis."
The CDC reports that 44 percent of adults who suffer from arthritis do not participate in any physical activities. These individuals could consider adding Tai Chi to their daily routine to reduce their joint pain.