Tai Chi for Arthritis
Exercise is a crucial part of maintaining health, especially for those suffering from Arthritis. While staying active can be challenging, a low-risk exercise like Tai Chi can actually reduce symptoms of stiffness or pain.
Our specially formed classes for arthritis focus on increasing flexibility and strengthening muscles in order to manage or alleviate pain.
Tai Chi for Arthritis
Exercise is a crucial part of maintaining health, especially for those suffering from Arthritis. While staying active can be challenging, a low-risk exercise like Tai Chi can actually reduce symptoms of stiffness or pain. Our specially formed classes for arthritis focus on increasing flexibility and strengthening muscles in order to manage or alleviate pain.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TAI CHI FOR ARTHRITIS?
Increased strength and flexibility
Decreased pain in joints
Reduced high blood pressure
Increased sense of well-being
RESEARCH ON TAI CHI FOR ARTHRITIS
In the British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2001 June 35(3): 148-56, Dr. J.X. Li, et al., reported on "Tai Chi: physiological characteristics and beneficial effects on health" that tai chi rated as a moderately aerobic exercise.
In a 2003 Journal of Rheumatology article, older women with osteoarthritis safely performed the 12-movement Tai Chi for Arthritis program and noted improvement of symptoms as well as improved balance and physical functioning.
The best known randomized study for fall prevention was conducted by Emory University in the USA. Called the FICSIT study (Frailty and Injuries: Cooperative Studies of Intervention Techniques). This study showed that tai chi reduces the rate of falls of the elderly by a massive 47.5 percent.
In 2007 Journal of Arthritis Care and Research, 152 people with osteoarthritis gain pain relief and better physical function from practicing Tai Chi for Arthritis program.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Tai Chi? Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition consisting of slow, gentle and meditative movements. Accompanied by deep breathing and mental concentration, Tai Chi is a great way to relieve stress and gain focus for those who have a hard time sitting and meditating.
How does Tai Chi help with Arthritis? Tai Chi is a great low-impact way to stay active. It will help you to improve strength, flexibility and balance.
How often do I need to come? Our Arthritis classes are held weekly over a 8 week series.
What should I wear to class? We recommend you wear loose, comfortable clothing and either sneakers or Tai Chi shoes.
Do I need to be physically fit? Tai Chi is a safe exercise that puts minimal stress on joints and muscles. We welcome all levels of skill, experience and fitness levels.
Can I just watch? Yes, if you want to watch a class before trying it, please call us to make arrangements. We'd be happy to have you.
Who can practice Tai Chi? Tai Chi for Arthritis has been officially adapted as the tai chi form used by the Arthritis Foundation of America; supported by Arthritis Foundation of Australia and Arthritis Care of UK.Thousands of people practice Tai Chi for Arthritis in the U.S. and internationally.
Try Tai Chi for Arthritis.
Each 8 week series costs $120.00 and meets once per week.