CHRONIC PAIN, complementary therapies, FIBROMYALGIA, HEALTH, low back pain, Tai Chi

TAI CHI FOR FIBROMYALGIA AND LOW BACK PAIN RELIEF…

T’ai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that focuses on slow, flowing movement from posture to posture. This liquid movement:

  • Relieves stress
  • Increases flexibility
  • Improves balance
  • Promotes a sense of centeredness and well-being

Exercise is a primary recommendation for fibromyalgia treatment, but many patients are worried that strenuous exercise can cause more pain. T’ai chi provides a good balance between gentle strength building and flexibility.

A study from Australia showed that people experienced a 25% reduction in their pain intensity when they completed the tai chi programme. The smooth, gentle movements help to relax you and keep your mind calm and focused.

To put it into perspective, 23% reported an improvement in their pain, and 32% reported an improvement in their disability after completing a Tai Chi course.

However, scientists believe that the ‘positive’ results only last for as long as the patient takes part in the Tai Chi exercises.

It is accessible to all ages and physical abilities and can be practiced on many levels, from a simple ‘meditative’ exercise to a martial art.

The best part is that you don’t even work up a sweat, even though you seem to be moving every muscle in your body. I found the breathing exercises extremely good.

Finding the right book on this subject is hard, as there are so many out there, and after chatting to my teacher, I think the best way to look at this type of therapy would be by going to YouTube and checking out some of the videos. As with Yoga, there are many different types of Tai Chi to choose from.

If you want to try it at home first there are a number of DVD’s you can follow. One excellent one which my husband bought is Tai Chi For Beginners, 8 Lessons with Dr. Paul Lam.

TAI CHI FOR BEGINNERS - 8 Lessons With Dr Paul Lam

 

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SOME CHRISTMAS PRESENT IDEAS TO EASE PAIN…

massage

THE YANTRA KIT…
from lifes2good – It works with the same acupressure principles of the Yantra Mat and is designed to help target specific areas by concentrating on targeted contact points along the 12 main Meridians of the body to ease pain and insomnia. http://www.lifes2good.co.uk/product/tabid/65/p-254-yantra-kit.aspx

CUPPING – A MEDICAL CHINESE CUPPING MASSAGE THERAPY SET…
A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place.
Cupping therapy has been further developed as a means to open the ‘Meridians’ of the body, and to help and relax tight muscles. Available from amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Medical-Chinese-Cupping-Massage-Therapy/dp/B00AIIUASQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1355589133&sr=8-2

THE ORIGINAL BACH FLOWER REMEDIES SET, from Nelsons…

The box contains all 38 remedies, to help boost your emotional health http://www.nelsonspharmacy.com/

YOGA KIT, from YOGA-MAD…

It contains a mat, blocks, belts and stripy bag to hold it all in – also available from amazon – http://www.amazon.co.uk/

DANCE EXPERIENCE

If Strictly has inspired you then have an afternoon enjoying an ‘Intoudctory Dance Experience £29.99 for two (virginexperiencedays.co.uk)

Cupping Set