Activate Now
 
ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

Patient Insights into the Design of Technology to Support a Strengths-Based Approach to Health Care.

SURVEY: Weight Management & Chronic Illness

Japanese green tea consumers have reduced risk of dementia

Do Nothing, Accomplish Everything! The Connection Between Breathing and Healing

Meet the ProHealth Editors

Best Herbs to Help With Insomnia

Choline: Why You Should Eat Your Egg Yolks and Take Krill

Calcium, vitamin D supplementation associated improved stroke recovery

Acupressure reduced fatigue in breast cancer survivors

More positive evidence for melatonin in breast cancer battle

 
Print Page
Email Article

Tai Chi Reduces Arthritis Pain, Pilot Study Finds

  [ 78 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
www.ProHealth.com • June 15, 2001




Tai Chi, a gentle form of exercise long practiced in China, can significantly reduce arthritic pain in the elderly, according to a pilot study by a doctoral student at Case Western Reserve University.

Tai Chi combines meditation with slow, circular motions, making it an ideal exercise for elderly people, says researcher Patricia Adler, an advanced practice nurse with 25 years of clinical and research experience.

"I've modified the traditional form of Tai Chi to accommodate the functional level of seniors," Adler explains. "I've also taught Tai Chi to people in wheelchairs."

For her study, which is reported in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship Adler randomly divided 16 people -- all age 68-87 and with chronic arthritis pain -- into two groups. One group attended 10 weekly hour-long Tai Chi classes. Members of the control group maintained their usual activities.

After beginning each class with warm-up exercises, Adler taught 16 Tai Chi exercises or postures over the 10 weeks. "Subjects were encouraged to practice daily but not to worry about remembering or practicing all movements," she notes.

At the beginning and end of the 10-week course, she measured the pain levels and health status of study participants using two standard instruments. Weekly, all participants reported their current pain from zero (no pain) to 10 (worst possible pain), which was their Pain Intensity Number Score (PINS).

The severity of pain decreased significantly for the Tai Chi group, but increased in the control group, Adler reports. Over the 10 weeks, the average PINS for the Tai Chi group dropped from 3.25 to 1.75, while the PINS for the control group went from .50 to 1.50.

Exercise such as Tai Chi helps reduce arthritis pain by increasing circulation and stimulating repair of damaged joint surfaces, Adler explains. "In addition, it stabilizes joint structure by strengthening the soft tissue support of the joint."

As pain decreases, the arthritis sufferer's outlook on life can improve as well. "Less pain promotes greater physical function of the affected joint and decreases the adverse mental health affects related to living with arthritic pain," Adler says.

Although the benefits of exercise are clear, getting the elderly involved in an exercise class is still a challenge.

"Often older people will not come to class, because they're afraid they're going to fall, they're afraid their needs won't be met, and they're afraid of the pain," Adler says. But when they learn that Tai Chi is gentle exercise that can help their pain, she adds, they become interested.

"The social component is very important for the elderly, too," she points out. "If they try to exercise at home, they often times don't have that support." For her doctoral dissertation, Adler is planning a larger study based upon the pilot project
.
"Older people in China have been doing Tai Chi for hundreds, if not thousands, of years," she said. "Although we know anecdotally that Tai Chi helps chronic arthritis pain, we don't have the research to substantiate it." She hopes her doctoral study will be a step in that direction.



Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Energy NADH™ 12.5mg FibroSleep™

Looking for Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements?
Search the ProHealth Store for Hundreds of Natural Health Products


Article Comments



Be the first to comment on this article!

Post a Comment


 
Natural Pain Relief Supplements

Featured Products

Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™
50,000 IU Vitamin D3 - Prescription Strength
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®
Reduce Fatigue up to 45%
Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Ultra EPA - Fish Oil
Ultra concentrated source of essential fish oils

Natural Remedies

The Fast-Acting Solution for Healthy Digestive Function The Fast-Acting Solution for Healthy Digestive Function
Coenzyme Q10 - The Energy Maker Coenzyme Q10 - The Energy Maker
Fatigue & Fibro Fog: Could You Have a B-12 Deficiency? Fatigue & Fibro Fog: Could You Have a B-12 Deficiency?
Health Benefits Are Brewing in Green Tea Health Benefits Are Brewing in Green Tea
Running on Empty? Fuel Up with NADH Running on Empty? Fuel Up with NADH

CONTACT US
ProHealth, Inc.
555 Maple Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(800) 366-6056  |  Email

· Become a Wholesaler
· Vendor Inquiries
· Affiliate Program
SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE
Credit Card Processing
SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE 15% NOW*
Be the first to know about new products, special discounts and the latest health news. *New subscribers only

CONNECT WITH US ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus

© 2016 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved. Pain Tracker App  |  Store  |  Customer Service  |  Guarantee  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  Library  |  RSS  |  Site Map