• Tai Chi and arthritis

    Posted on May 17, 2010 by in Featured

    Last week we talked about Osteoarthritis (OA) being the most common type of arthritis.  As we mentioned, there is a strong link between osteoarthritis and inactivity.  Also, more than half of adults with diabetes or heart disease have arthritis, and these numbers are expected to rise as rates of osteoarthritis increase.

    Being Active can help

    Physical activity can help decrease the pain and disability of osteoarthritis.  Tai Chi is a great form of exercise for people with arthritis.  Tai Chi is a traditional form of Chinese martial arts that has been practiced in China for centuries.  Its benefits and forms have spread throughout the world.

    Tai Chi is also a low intensity exercise; its movements are smooth, non-jarring, slow, and work joints through their full range of motion, making it beneficial for people with arthritis.   It is believed to have many health benefits including helping to reduce fall risks in older adults and improving flexibility, both of which are important in helping to age in place.  Other believed benefits of Tai Chi include:

    • Improved balance, flexibility, and strength of knee extension and reduced the occurrence of falling in community-dwelling elders
    • Reduced the risk of multiple falls
    • Lowered blood pressure
    • Increased core stability and control
    • Improved flexibility and cardiovascular fitness in older adults
    • Improved mobility in older adults with osteoarthritis
    • Lower levels of depression
    • Reduced stress and anxiety

    Tai Chi is a great form of exercise for all ages.  It can be particularly beneficial for older people as it works joints through their full range of motion, improves balance, involves slow and smooth movements, is low impact, and has many additional health benefits. Click here and here to find out more about Tai Chi

    SourceThe Effect of Tai Chi on Health Outcomes in Patients With Chronic Conditions A Systematic Review

    Fight arthritis pain.org