The largest study of Tai Chi for Arthritis, by Professor Leigh Callahan and colleages from the University of North Carolina, shows significant health benefits for people with all types of arthritis. This landmark study was publised at the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 2016
Title: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
In the study, 354 participants were randomly assigned to two groups. The Tai Chi group received 8 weeks of lessons, while the other group was a control group waiting for Tai Chi classes. It was found that there was significant pain relief, less stiffness and better ability to manage daily living. The participants felt better about their overall wellness, as well as experiencing improved balance.
The Tai Chi intervention is based on Dr Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis program, and instructors were trained and certified by his Master Trainers. Dr Lam’s Tai Chi for Health Institute has established a comprehensive curriculum that includes knowledge of tai chi and chronic conditions, effective teaching methods and how to stay safe. Click here for more information about the institute.
Leigh F. Callahan, Rebecca J. Cleveland, Mary Altpeter, and Betsy Hackney. Evaluation of Tai Chi Program Effectiveness for People with Arthritis in the Community: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 2016, 24, 101 -110
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