Tai Chi May Benefit Older Adults With Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is an increasing problem among older adults, causing pain, functional limitations, and reduced quality of life. The traditional Chinese practice of tai chi, with its combination of physical and mental components, seems promising for OA patients; however, scientific evidence to support its use for this purpose has been limited.

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Alternative cancer treatments: 11 alternative treatments worth a try

Alternative cancer treatments can’t cure your cancer, but they may provide some relief from signs and symptoms. Many people with cancer are interested in trying complementary and alternative cancer treatments. If cancer makes you feel as though you have little control over your health, alternative cancer treatments may offer some hope.

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The Effect of Tai Chi on Health Outcomes in Patients With Chronic Conditions

Four studies evaluated Tai Chi effects on musculoskeletal conditions (Table 3). One RCT of 33 patients with osteoarthritis reported that 12 weeks of Tai Chi practice significantly improved arthritis symptoms, self-efficacy, level of tension, and satisfaction with general health status. Functional capacity (1-leg standing balance, 50-foot (15-m) walking speed, and time to rise from a chair), arthritis self-efficacy, and quality of life (Arthritis Impact Measurement Scale) were measured.

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Tai Chi and Mental Health

My primary research focus is on issues related to chronic pain and chronic illness, such as nursing management of demented patients with chronic pain from osteoarthritis.


I am currently funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research to investigate the possible objective measures of chronic pain in elders with osteoarthritis. Many demented patients suffer from chronic pain that may exacerbate existing cognitive impairment and lead to further suffering.


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Tai chi helps older adults get good night’s sleep

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Regular practice of tai chi chih, a Westernized version of the ancient Chinese martial art of tai chi, can help older people rest easier at night, according to a study in the journal Sleep. Nearly two-thirds of people who learned the slow, gentle tai chi chih moves experienced significant improvements in sleep quality, compared to about one-third of those who participated in health education sessions that included information on how to get a better night’s rest.

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