Tai Chi to take care of joint health

Tai Chi is an easy way to maintain health and well-being, and offers an alternative to physical exercise. The practice of Tai Chi does not demand higher than normal energy capacities in terms of coordination and agility. It does not require the concentration of muscle strength, nor a special resistance. It is a gentle gymnastics accessible at any age. The general objective of Tai Chi is to improve flexibility, sensitivity , providing a feeling of vitality. It is a balanced physical discipline. The practice of Tai Chi is performed through a series of slow and smooth chained movements.

Tai Chi and osteoarthritis

It is demonstrated by recent studies that the practice of Tai Chi is very useful to alleviate the chronic pain that arthrosis generates. And so, it is confirmed that the treatment for osteoarthritis should include exercise to strengthen the muscle, thus reducing joint wear and tear. Tai Chi, is a physical discipline,  very soft and easy to practice  for people of all ages and physical condition. This discipline that has been practiced in China for centuries, increases muscle strength and relieves pain in people with chronic diseases.

According to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, which was carried out by experts from the National University of Chung Nam (Republic of Korea), professor Rhayun Song, principal author of the study and expert on the effects of Tai Chi in the management of osteoarthritis, recommends the practice of this discipline.

It has been proven that this type of exercise is just as effective as conventional physiotherapy. This is shown by data published by researchers at the Tufts Medical Center in Boston, published in the prestigious journal “Annals of Internal Medicine.” Dr. Paul Lam, is a family metge to Sydney. Practice Tai Chi Chuan des de molts anys, to reduce the impact of arthritis in the seva life. It is going to become a Tai Chi Chuan practitioner and professor of different styles. In 1997 Dr. Lam sees the need for a specific program for people with osteoarthritis. AQuest program has helped hundreds of thousands of Malagasy people to improve their pain and quality of life. Tea the suport of moltes associacions of osteoarthritis at world level -among them the Arthritis Foundation, col·laboradora of OAFI- havent demostrat el propi Dr. Lam seva efectivitat.

The practice of Tai Chi is recommended in people with diseases of physical limitations. Tai Chi generally improves joint function, as well as the quality of life of people with osteoarthritis. Pain and stiffness also decrease significantly.

Author: Pilar Serrano, Tai Chi teacher