Tai chi for rheumatic arthritis


Maybe your knees twinge, your hips creak, or your shoulders are stiff. There's an excellent chance that tai chi can help. This meditative martial art—which features slow, gentle movements and deep breathing—is a traditional Chinese mind-body practice that traces its roots back thousands of years. It can help people with e rheumatic arthritis relieve great pain. In addition to its ancient origins, there's modern-day evidence that it can help you stay healthy, especially when it comes to caring for your joints.

 

    • What Is Tai Chi?

Taichi is one part of the traditional Martial Arts, called Wu Shu. It has been exercised since the 16th century among the Chinese people to keep the body in a good condition and prevent or heal diseases. The exercises have been simplified in 1956 which made this sport even more popular. Taichi is often practiced as an important part of the healing process in hospitals and has proved as extraordinarily successful in healing high blood pressure, neurasthenia, lung tuberculosis and rheumatic arthritis.

    • Tai chi for Rheumatoid arthritistreatment :

While the calming, meditative nature of tai chi has long been well-known, it's only recently that the physical perks -- like moving with more ease -- have gained greater recognition. "Today, the vast majority of people in the U.S. who practice tai chi do it for health reasons, not just intellectual curiosity," Nelson says. It's low-impact, so your knees, ankles, and other joints don't get overly stressed. "Almost everyone can do tai chi," Nelson says. In fact, a few of Nelson's students are in their 90s, and he says they often see results quickly.

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