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Tai chi helps manage arthritis pain, researchers say

June 4, 2009 by  

Tai chi helps manage arthritis pain, researchers sayAccording to a study conducted by Australian scientists, the Chinese meditative exercise known as tai chi may relieve joint pain in arthritis sufferers.

Tai chi consists of a series of 19 movements and one pose and has long been believed to bring about physical and spiritual health benefits.

The research was led by Amanda Hall of the George Institute in Sydney and focused on the effectiveness of tai chi in decreasing pain and disability and improving physical function and quality of life in people with chronic musculoskeletal pain.

It was based on a review of seven trials that used tai chi as the main intervention for patients with arthritis-associated pain. The results suggested the technique not only decreased pain but also improved overall physical health, lowered tension levels and boosted participants’ satisfaction with their health situation.

The study was published in the June issue of Arthritis Care & Research where the authors wrote that "[t]he fact that tai chi is inexpensive, convenient and enjoyable, and conveys other psychological and social benefits, supports the use this type of intervention for pain conditions such as arthritis."

As healthcare costs escalate in the U.S, it has also been reported that another Chinese medicine technique, known as medical tai chi or quiqong, is emerging as a major health resource to help to boost immunity.

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