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How Tai Chi Helps Chronic Conditions Such As Knee Pain


The slow, gentle movements of this ancient Chinese martial art are especially suited to people who have multiple health conditions, according to The British Journal of Sports Medicine. The flexible movements are particularly suited to knee problems.

Newsmax reports research showing Tai Chi improved walking, built strength and reduced pain for a range of chronic illnesses from cancer to arthritis. It is especially effective because these conditions tend to make multiple demands that Tai Chi can help.

Tai Chi offers classes focusing on breathing and whole body movements with bent knees and slow, flowing motions. In addition to strength, it can improve posture, balance and concentration.

How It Works for Knees

A specific routine in Tai Chi is especially effective in helping knee pain. In Tai Chi you step forward first as an “empty step,” and then you step forward transferring the weight. This movement, according to the researchers, helps to strengthen the knee muscle and improve balance and bone mineral density.

If you or someone in your family faces chronic pain Tai Chi may have some new natural solutions.

Researchers advise that anyone starting a new exercise, such as Tai Chi, should consult with their doctor to ensure that it is safe for them.

In the ongoing search for the most effective natural health solutions, effective wellness programs are also available at your local chiropractor’s office.

Visiting the Chiropractor

Chiropractors believe wellness and routine chiropractic care should be as basic to our lives as healthy diets and daily exercise. They treat everyone from children to seniors.

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 the use of medications or surgery.

I have known many friends and relatives who have found this simple, direct chiropractic treatment to be the best way to maintain wellness. Whatever painful challenge they encountered they relied on their chiropractor to guide them through it. Some had knee pain. Others faced the challenges of lower back pain. But they all counted on their chiropractors to see them through it and work to restore their normal routines.

Find out more with your first appointment. This direct focus on wellness without drugs may become your first choice, just as it has for the majority of the people in the U.S.

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