Harvard Health suggests Tai Chi may be a good option to explore. They explain osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease of the joints that causes stiffness, pain, and mild inflammation in the affected joints. It shows up when cartilage—the tissue that covers bones and acts as a cushion—deteriorates over time, eventually leading to joint damage. In the early stages, Tai Chi may be an option to consider in conjunction with other treatments
How Tai Chi Works
Tai chi helps improve physical strength and mobility and promotes a sense of well-being, according to a study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism. The study found that participants with knee osteoarthritis who practiced tai chi twice a week had less pain and better physical function compared with study participants enrolled in a wellness education and stretching program. The tai chi class lasted 12 weeks, but the improvements were sustained a year later. These participants also reported less depression and greater well-being.
Among other things, these researchers say tai chi provides benefit by improving muscle strength and coordination, which leads to better joint stability. In addition, the mind-body aspects and breath control promote mental calmness, which may help to break the cycle of arthritis pain.
Certified tai chi instructors offer classes in their studios, or in conjunction with local community groups.
Before You Begin
As always, check with your current care provider first before beginning a new routine. Chiropractors may also be of some assistance. Chiropractors believe wellness and routine chiropractic care should be as basic to our lives as healthy diets and daily exercise.
They offer the purest form of chiropractic care, providing full spinal adjustments using the diversified technique to check for subluxations, which are misalignments of the spine.
Subluxations are misalignments of one or more vertebrae in the spine and/or joints. When the misalignment is corrected it may have far reaching effects on back, neck and sciatica pain.
It may also help with allergies, TMJ, arthritis, headaches and migraines.
As a wellness clinic, the chiropractic focus is on daily stresses, aches and pain without use of medications or surgery.
I have known many friends and relatives who have told me this simple, direct chiropractic treatment has proven to be the best way to maintain wellness.
If this direct focus on chiropractic wellness sounds good to you, make an appointment and find out more.
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