Researchers publishing in the Annals of Internal Medicine describe a study of more than 200 adults with painful knee osteoarthritis. Half the participants were randomly assigned to standard physical therapy and the other half were assigned to tai chi. Each course of treatment lasted 12 weeks.
This study compared the effectiveness of tai chi versus physical therapy in treating pain for osteoarthritis.
This new study found that both the physical therapy and tai chi groups saw significant improvements in the amount of pain they experienced and each group’s pain improved to a similar degree.
The improvements the participants saw by 12 weeks lasted for a full year. The tai chi group improved more than the physical therapy group in measures of depression and in certain measures of quality of life.
"Tai chi is the one exercise that can universally help solve our growing health crisis." Bruce Frantzis