February 23, 2019
Tai Chi Soothes Knee Arthritis
Wellness Tip

Tai Chi Soothes Knee Arthritis

by Berkeley Wellness  

If you have osteoarthritis of the knee, consider taking up tai chi, the traditional Chinese mind-body practice that combines meditation with slow graceful movements. It is at least as effective as standard physical therapy, according to a study of 204 people with knee arthritis (average age 60), conducted at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Half the participants did tai chi exercise twice a week for 12 weeks; the other half was assigned physical therapy (hands-on treatment plus exercise) for six weeks, followed by monitored home exercise for six weeks. Both groups were encouraged to continue their exercise for another 40 weeks.

After 12 weeks, both groups had substantial reductions in pain and improved physical functioning, which were maintained for the rest of the year. The tai chi group showed greater improvements in depression symptoms and overall quality of life.

Also see Best Pain Relief for Knee Arthritis.