What is Arthritis?
Literally meaning “inflammation of the joints,” arthritis is a condition resulting from the degeneration of the cartilage tissues inside the joints, either due to the buildup of uric acid crystals on the lining of the joint or to regular wear and tear associated with process of aging. This is a very disturbing disease of the bones because it leads to malfunction of body parts such as the feet, hands, knees, elbows, neck, back, and hips.
The most common complaint of people suffering from this joint disease is the pain. This is not just because of the discomfort that it causes; the pain is also chronic and in some cases, can become very severe and unbearable. The area surrounding the joint reddens, stiffens, swells, and throbs with pain. More worse in the fact is that is leaves the body unable to partake in certain activities.
What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is a form of alternative and complementary therapy that involves physical and mental exercise. This practice is often referred to as “moving-meditation”. It is an ancient Chinese martial and healing form of exercises that requires gentle and slow body movements combined with deep breathing and awareness.
The history of Tai Chi can be traced back in ancient China. It started as a form of self defense martial art. Later on, however, it became identified as a health boosting exercise due to its positive contribution to the quality of sleep, muscle strength, flexibility, balance, body coordination, relief of stiffness and pain, and to the general well being of the person.
Can Tai Chi Help in Relieving Arthritis Pain?
In a study conducted by researchers of the George Institute for International Health, it was shown that this Chinese traditional exercise has certain health benefits for musculoskeletal pain as it helped improved disability and pain among arthritis patients.
As this popular morning ritual offers different movements particularly with regard to proper posture, the bones, breathing, and concentration, people looking to relieve ailments such as rheumatoid arthritis pain, can find Tai Chi extremely helpful. It raises the body’s threshold of pain, gives more strength to the bones, and enhances the flexibility of the body.
Furthermore, as it is commonly performed in a group it is a highly recommended activity if you are seeking for a way to socially interact with other individuals. It can fit into your daily activities as it can be easily done anywhere anytime. Since arthritis is affecting more and more individuals each year and is becoming a global problem, tai chi is getting a very popular choice for arthritis pain relief since it is enjoyable, convenient, inexpensive and effective and even can provide you with certain psychological benefits.
Scott Paglia is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist in Bellingham, WA and provides master level pulse diagnosis, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Whatcom County, WA.