03. November 2016 · Comments Off · Categories: Pain, Tai Chi Chuan

Tai chi should be considered as a viable therapy for chronic pain conditions, according to an international team of authors. Data from 18 randomised controlled trials (1260 individuals) were included in their systematic review. The aggregated results indicated that practising tai chi led to immediate relief of chronic pain from osteoarthritis, low back pain and osteoporosis. Their results also indicated that a minimum duration of tai chi practice for chronic pain relief should be six weeks, with longer duration achieving better gains. (Tai Chi for Chronic Pain Conditions: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Sci Rep. 2016 Apr 29;6:25325).

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