The researchers directed 354 participants to begin a twice weekly, one hour Tai Chi class. Half of these participants started immediately, half started 8 weeks later.
Before beginning the study all participants were examined for:
- lower body strength
- physical function
- other psychosocial factors
Eight weeks later, the results were quite dramatic! Those who had already started Tai Chi classes showed improvement in 5 areas:
- Ability to carry out daily activities
- Increased sense of well being.
Lead author, Dr. Leigh Callahan stated the benefits of Tai Chi would be even greater over the long term. “It gives people a certain awareness of their body and where it is in the surrounding space.”
So, if you suffer from arthritis and are looking for one way to ease your symptoms, join a Tai Chi class! It will do your body wonders, especially if you keep at it in the long term.
Source: Arthritis Today, April 2011
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