According to a recent article in ‘Arthritis Today’, Tai Chi can be effective in managing chronic low back pain.
The study from Australia showed that people experienced a 25% reduction in their pain intensity when they completed the tai chi programme.
Apparently, this is the first randomized controlled trial to see the effects of the ancient mind/body exercise on the reduction of lower back pain. Apart from it promoting the flow of Qi energy Tai Chi it also helps increase flexibility, suppleness and exercise the muscles. The smooth, gentle movements helps to relax you and keep your mind calm and focused.
To put it into perspective, 23% reported an improvement with their pain, and 32% reported an improvement with their disability after completing a Tai Chi course.
However, scientists believe that the ‘positive’ results only lasts for as long as the patient takes part in the Tai Chi exercises.
Tai Chi is thought of as a moving form of yoga and meditation combined. It is accessible to all ages and physical abilities and can be practised on many levels, from a simple ‘meditative’ exercise to a martial art.