Arthritis sufferers could end years of agonising pain by taking up lessons in tai chi, scientists have claimed.
Researchers say the Far Eastern exercise routine has a marked effect on cutting pain among people with arthritis. Specifically, it was shown to decrease pain with trends towards improving overall physical health, level of tension and satisfaction with health status. Musculoskeletal pain, such as that experienced by people with arthritis, places a severe burden on the patient and community and is recognised as an international health priority.
Exercise therapy including such as strengthening, stretching and aerobic programmes, have been shown to be effective for arthritic pain. Tai chi is a form of exercise that is regularly practised in China to improve overall health and wellbeing. It is usually preformed in a group, but is also practised individually at one's leisure, which differs from traditional exercise therapy approaches used in the clinic.