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Tai Chi

Tai chi's slow, graceful movements, which originated thousands of years ago as a martial art, can improve balance, reduce stress and offer arthritis pain relief. The study of tai chi primarily involves three aspects: health, which concentrates on relieving the physical effects of stress on the body and mind; meditation, which fosters focus and calmness; and martial art, which promotes self-defense. The Arthritis Resource Finder can help you locate a class in your area. The Arthritis Foundation also offers a tai chi DVD created especially for people with arthritis.

Modifications

  • Few modifications are needed for this relatively gentle practice.

Tips

  • Choose a style of tai chi that will be gentle to the joints such as the Sun style. The Sun style uses a high stance, slow and controlled movements, and controlled breathing and relaxation.

Progression

  • Add more movements as you learn them.
  • Increase the time and number of days you practice.

This is general tai chi information. Get personalized results, with specific modifications and tips customized to your problem joints and level of fitness.