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Tai Chi is a slow moving meditative exercise that began in ancient China around 500 years ago. It combines stress reduction with movement, to improve health.

Tai Chi may not be as popular as aerobics or yoga, but it’s a natural arthritis workout with its gentle, fluid movements and proven health benefits. A very calming and peaceful workout, many arthritis patients have found relief from arthritis through its slow, gentle movements.

Recent studies have also proved that this slow, graceful exercise, which originated several thousand centuries ago as a martial art, can improve balance and reduce stress, besides offering arthritis pain relief. Researchers at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Mass., found that tai chi can specifically reduce the pain and physical impairment of people with severe knee osteoarthritis. People with rheumatoid arthritis who practiced tai chi enjoyed improved self-esteem and more fluid movements, and they also had less depression and anxiety, according to another study published in the ‘Journal of Clinical Nursing’.

Benefits of Tai Chi also include

  • Increased strength and flexibility
  • Decreased pain in joints
  • Decreased stress
  • Regulating blood pressure
  • Increased sense of well-being
  • Improved balance.

One of the biggest proponents of tai chi for people with arthritis is Dr. Paul Lam, a family physician in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Lam developed arthritis as a teenager growing up in China, when malnourishment caused cartilage development problems. He began practicing tai chi to ease his arthritis pain, eventually modifying the popular Sun style of tai chi to make it easier for people with arthritis.

“A lot of people with arthritis don’t know they can do tai chi,” he says. “Even though the Sun style is slow and gentle, it does have high-risk moves as well. That’s why we modified it. We took the part that was more effective for healing and put in modification so that anyone could do it.” Dr. Lam’s 12-step course is now available as a DVD for at-home practice. No special equipment is required – just comfortable clothing, patience and an open mind.

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