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Tai chi reduces pain due to arthritis

Tai Chi has beneficial effects on people suffering from arthritis, according to a study by researchers at the George Institute for Health International, based in Australia, published in the June issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

The practice of this ancient Chinese martial art reduces pain and improves physical function, stress and quality of life of people suffering from musculoskeletal disorders that often accompany arthritis.

Researchers analyzed seven randomized clinical trials and controlled using tai chi as the main intervention for patients suffering from musculoskeletal disorders. They found that practicing tai chi improves how patients coped with pain and disability.

Tai Chi, which is regularly practiced in China for overall good health, has also reduced inflammation, and patients reported benefits ranging from lower blood pressure to a reduction of pain, says the study.

Tai chi requires no special equipment and can be practiced alone or in groups, researchers are optimistic about the practice of patients and reduce their pain.

"The fact that tai chi is cheap, convenient and fun and brings other benefits psychological and social support using this type of intervention for pain such as arthritis, "the study said.

Based on their research, scientists hope similar benefits in people suffering from chronic back problems.

Previous studies have shown that tai chi can improve balance in people who have suffered a heart attack and had beneficial effects in people with chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis.



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