Peace In The Knees

The meditative exercise known as Tai Chi may help ease knee pain in patients with arthritis, according to a recent study. 

A group of participants who have had the disease for an average of ten years were given wellness education and taught stretching exercises. A second group was given the same regimen but with the addition of Tai Chi instruction twice a week. Assessments after six months and then again at twelve months showed that the group practicing Tai Chi had an improved quality of life and less pain.

“Tai Chi is a gentle, slow, smooth and deep-breathing exercise,” says Rena Feiler, an instructor at St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Center for WellBeing. “It is like 'meditation in action.’”

The results of the study did not surprise Feiler, who also believes Tai Chi can help strengthen legs and feet and improve balance.

“Tai Chi is non-impact,” Feiler says. “During the practice, a person learns to listen to his or her body and work with it.”

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