With Tai Chi for arthritis complaints

Chinese popular sport Tai Chi can help against arthritis complaints. This was shown by a US study with a total of 350 participants who suffer from arthritis.

Tai Chi helps against the inflammatory joint disease arthritis. In a study with more than 350 arthritis patients, American scientists found that the mix of martial arts and meditation reduces pain and fatigue, as well as agility, balance and well-being.

Tai Chi - flowing, relaxing movement The Chinese popular sport Tai Chi, also known as "Chinese shadow boxing", is one of the inner martial arts and is based on the Daoist idea that hard can be defeated by soft because it offers no direct resistance to it. The underlying principle is flowing, relaxed movements, which, as the exercises progress, lead to one's own body being perceived more and more precisely and the mind being in harmony with the body. In China, the country of origin, thousands of people use Tai Chi to train their bodies and minds in the parks and public spaces. So many Chinese remain relatively agile, fit and agile until old age.

Arthritis patients train Tai Chi To support this observation scientifically, American researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have given 354 test subjects from 20 locations in North Carolina and New Jersey diagnosed with arthritis to Tai Chi courses and parallel examined the health development of the test subjects. The participants, who were at least 18 years old, all suffered from arthritis complaints before the exercises, which restricted them in their everyday life. However, all test subjects were still able to move physically without outside help.

The patients were randomly divided into two groups, one of which started directly with an eight-week Tai Chi course and trained twice a week, while the control group training was only made up eight weeks later. The test participants did not necessarily have to be able to practice Tai Chi while standing, but it was sufficient if they could do their exercises while sitting. In addition to general medical examinations to determine physical functioning, the scientists asked the test participants at the beginning of the study about pain, fatigue and stiffness as well as general health and well-being. The subjects should also indicate how well they coped with everyday life.

Relieving Arthritis Discomfort and Wellbeing There were no differences between the two groups before starting the Tai Chi course, but after the groups finished their training there were moderate improvements in symptoms such as pain, fatigue, stiff neck and Watch stiff back. In addition, the patients felt more comfortable, less helpless and happier.

Tai Chi exercises brought about a significant improvement in terms of the physical reach and balance of arthritis patients. Leigh Callahan, lead author of the study, said when presenting the results at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in Atlanta: “Our study shows that tai chi has a positive effect on people with various forms of arthritis, including fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis ". For all study participants, Chinese martial arts exercises reduced pain, joint stiffness, and fatigue, and improved balance and mobility, Callahan said.

Tai Chi course increased the well-being of the study participants
The eight-week Tai Chi course also had a positive effect on the subjects' psyche and increased the well-being of arthritis patients. In addition to the test persons' statements, objective medical methods, such as walking speed measurements or strength and balance exercises, also showed a significant improvement in symptoms. (fp, 08.11.2010)

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