Comprehensive Research Proves Tai Chi Benefits Arthritis Patients
Jun 18 2009 - A new study by The George Institute
for International Health, a medical research body with operations in Sydney, Beijing,
and Hyderabad, has found
Tai Chi to have positive health benefits for musculoskeletal pain. The results
of the first comprehensive analysis of Tai Chi suggest that it produces
positive effects for improving pain and disability among arthritis sufferers.
The researchers are now embarking on a new trial to establish if similar
benefits can be seen among people with chronic low back pain.
"This is the first robust evidence to support the beneficial effects of
Tai Chi. Our study proves that Tai Chi relieves pain and disability among
people with arthritis and shows a positive trend towards effects for overall
physical health. We now want to see if these benefits are the same for people
suffering from low back pain", said author Dr Chris Maher at The George Institute.
Musculoskeletal pain, such as that experienced by people with arthritis, places
a severe burden on the patient and community and is recognized as an
international health priority.
"This research should reassure people with musculoskeletal conditions such
as arthritis to seek exercise to relieve the pain. The fact that Tai Chi is
inexpensive, convenient, enjoyable and conveys other
psychological and social benefits supports the use this type of intervention
for pain conditions", added Ms Amanda Hall, The George Institute.
Tai Chi has gained increasing popularity in North America and Australia
and thus a growing body of research aimed at investigating its health benefits
Tai Chi is a versatile activity that can be easily incorporated into people's
daily activities. Usually preformed in a group, Tai Chi can also be practiced
individually, which differs from traditional exercise therapy approaches in