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Tai Chi and hydrotherapy shown to significantly help arthritis sufferers
Jun 19, 2007
Both Tai Chi and water-based exercise can help alleviate pain and
stiffness of chronic osteoarthritis, according to a study by
researchers in Australia. Researchers from the George Institute for
International Health at the University of Sydney published their
results in the current issue of the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism.
Researchers studied 152 men and women over 60 with chronic
osteoarthritis. The research team randomly assigned participants to
hydrotherapy classes, Tai Chi classes or a waiting group. The classes,
one hour in length, were offered two times per week. After 12 weeks,
both groups showed significant improvements on scores measuring pain
and physical function. At 24 weeks, researchers found that the
improvements had been sustained, with the greatest improvement measured
in the hydrotherapy group.
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