Why Tai Chi Helps Fight Osteoarthritis


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If you or someone in your family is dealing with osteoarthritis you know the challenges in pain, and loss of mobility.

Harvard Health tells us osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease of the joints that causes stiffness, pain, and mild inflammation in the affected joints. It develops when cartilage, the tissue that covers bones and acts as a cushion, deteriorates over time, eventually leading to joint damage.

Harvard Health researchers say tai chi classes may offer relief to people who are in the early stages of osteoarthritis. It is used with, or as an alternative to medication.

Help for Knee Osteoarthritis

Tai chi helps improve physical strength and mobility and helps to generate a sense of well-being. A study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism said participants with knee osteoarthritis who practiced tai chi twice a week had less pain and better physical function compared with study participants in a wellness education and stretching program. The tai chi class lasted 12 weeks, but improvements were still in effect a year later. Participants also reported less depression and an overall sense of well-being.

Tai chi improves muscle strength and coordination, which leads to better joint stability. The mind-body impact and breath control create calmness and may help break through the cycle of arthritis pain.

If you decide to try tai chi, participate in tai chi sessions once or twice a week for an hour and perform the postures slowly and gently.

Visiting A Chiropractor May Help Too

Chiropractors are the highest-rated healthcare practitioners with their patient-centered, whole-person, drug free approach. They believe wellness and routine chiropractic care should be as basic to our lives as healthy diets and daily exercise.

They offer the purest form of chiropractic care, providing full spinal adjustments using the diversified technique to check for subluxations, which are misalignments of the spine.

Subluxations are misalignments of one or more vertebrae in the spine and/or joints. When the misalignment is corrected it may have far reaching effects on back, neck and sciatica pain. It may also help with allergies, TMJ, arthritis, headaches and migraines.

As a wellness clinic, the chiropractic focus is on daily stress, aches and pain without medications or surgery.
If this direct focus on wellness sounds just as great to you as it does to majority of the people in the U.S., make an appointment and find out more.

October is National Chiropractic Month and that might be the perfect time to see how chiropractic can work for you.


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