Chi Helps People with Arthritis of the Knee
Tai Chi can reduce pain and improve function
in people who suffer from osteoarthritis of
the knee, according to a study conducted by
researchers from Tufts University and published
in the journal Arthritis Care and Research.
Chi is a traditional form of Chinese exercise
that involves slow, rhythmic movements. The
study was funded by the National Center for
Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
conducted the study on 40 people over the
age of 55 who were suffering from arthritis
of the knee. Half the participants were assigned
to either a twice-a-week Tai Chi class, while
half were assigned to a twice-a-week general
wellness and stretching class. All
participants were instructed to repeat their
Tai Chi or stretching exercises at home for
20 minutes per day. At the beginning
and end of the study, they filled out questionnaires
about their pain, mental state, quality of
life and other health-related information.
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