Bone Growth

TAI-CHI CHUAN, FOR RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS PATIENTS

‘Tai-Chi Chuan exercise appears to be safe for RA patients and may serve as an alternative for their exercise therapy and part of their rehabilitation program. Weight-bearing exercises have the potential advantages of stimulating bone growth and strengthening connective tissue, but this effect needs to be documented in long-term studies’

 

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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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