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Osteoarthritis and Tai Chi

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Effect of Tai Chi on Osteoarthritis

During this Chinese martial art form, the individual focuses both on mindful and slow physical movements coupled with an emphasis on breath and mental awareness. This relaxation technique can help people with many different kinds of health challenges, including osteoarthritis.

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Research Evidence on Tai Chi

Tai Chi Chuan has also all shown some promise as an effective mind/body therapy for osteoarthritis.117,173,183,193


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