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Mental Aspects of Tai Chi Relieves Knee Pain

Mental Aspects of Tai Chi Relieves Knee Pain

Researchers at Tufts University released findings that knee pain can be reduced in the elderly by participating in Tai-Chi.  Two groups of elderly patients with osteoarthritis were studied.  20 patients participated in hour-long Tai-Chi classes twice a day for 12 weeks.  Another 20 patients participated in stretching exercises and other therapy for the same time period.

The Tai-Chi group experienced a significant decrease in knee pain as compared to the other group of patients.

Tai-Chi is a a low-impact exercise that develops the body’s “chi” or energy.

Tai-chi utilizes deep breaths, meditation, gentle postures, and gentle movements.  It improves balance, flexibility, and coordination.  This type of exercise is relaxing and easy on the knees.  It is also believed to enhance memory and concentration.  It is also reported to help relieve pain, anxiety, and stress.

Researchers believe that developing the “chi” helps reduce the anxiety and negative thoughts surrounding the pain associated with knee osteoarthritis.