Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that combines fluid deliberative movements with focused breathing and a meditative state of mind. The physical and mental health benefits of Tai Chi are beginning to be elucidated by scientific studies and its application to pain management presents a complementary approach to more traditional treatments.
By emphasizing non-impact and fluid movements, Tai Chi promotes flexibility, alignment and posture. The meditative components and rhythmic breathing reduce anxiety, thus alleviating the emotional and psychological impact of chronic pain. It’s relative inexpensiveness, ready availability(it can be practiced anywhere!), and lack of stress on the spine make Tai Chi ideal as part of an overall integrative approach to pain management. Before beginning Tai Chi, you should have your pain evaluated by a physician to ensure that it’s not a sign of a more serious condition.