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May 02, 2017

Tai Chi is regularly practiced in China to improve overall health and well-being, usually in a group but is also practiced individually at leisure, which differs from traditional exercise therapy approaches used in the clinic.

A new study led by Amanda Hall examined the effectiveness of Tai Chi in decreasing pain and disability and improving physical function and quality of life in people with chronic musculoskeletal pain.

The researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis and analysed seven eligible randomized controlled trials that used Tai Chi as the main intervention for patients with musculoskeletal pain and the results showed that Tai Chi improves pain and disability in patients suffering from arthritis.

The researchers say Tai Chi is inexpensive, convenient, and enjoyable and conveys other psychological and social benefits and also helps painful conditions such as arthritis.

The study is published in the June issue of Arthritis Care & Research.