Tai Chi and Arthritis

Many experts recommend Tai Chi for osteoarthritis of the hip, hand, and knee. Studies show that the practice can improve mobility in the ankles, hips and knees in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

At Movement In Mind, we offer the Tai Chi for Arthritis programme developed by the Tai Chi for Health Institute. Shirley is one of Dr Paul Lam’s Instructors. Trained to deliver sessions safely and effectively, Dr Lam’s instructors use methods approved by medical experts in the field.

Medical authorities agree that exercise for people with osteoarthritis should incorporate components that can improve muscular strength, flexibility, and fitness. Increased muscular strength is essential for normal function. It supports and protects arthritic joints, which will reduce pain.  Flexibility exercises also help to reduce pain and stiffness, thus improving mobility and enabling people to move more easily. Flexibility also facilitates the circulation of body fluid and blood, which enhances healing. Joint stiffness and impaired physical function are characteristic of many arthritic conditions, for example fibromyalgia, scleroderma and spondylitis

Tai chi gently frees up stiff joints and muscles associated with arthritis. It can help with stamina and general fitness by improving the function of the heart and lungs. Because it focuses on weight transference, it can also improve balance and prevent falls. Additionally, Tai chi is a mind body exercise. This means that it encourages serenity and relaxation of the mind, which reduces pain and stress. As a result, those who practice tai chi often experience less depression and enhanced immunity.

Almost anyone, of any physical condition, can begin and continue to progress regardless of age. Tai Chi for Arthritis can be practised sitting as well as standing