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Yoga and Tai Chi for Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis

08 Apr

Researchers from the Department of Rheumatology of Diakonhjemmet Hospital in Oslo, Norway, reviewed the evidence around the impact of Tai Chi and yoga on the management of rheumatologic and muscular-skeletal diseases, especially osteoarthritis of the knee, hip and hand, and rheumatoid arthritis.  

Both these treatments have emerged over the past couple of decades as popular treatments for these conditions.

The researchers found evidence that Tai Chi and yoga are safe, and additional data showing that they have benefit, leading to a reduction of pain and an improvement of physical function and quality of life.

The article mentions that the American College of Rheumatology has recently issued recommendations for Tai Chi in knee osteoarthritis.  However, to allow broader recommendations for the use of Tai Chi and yoga in rheumatic diseases, there is a need for more evidence, resulting from larger RCT’s - studies that are randomized and controlled.

Citation:  Uhlig T. Tai Chi and yoga as complementary therapies in rheumatologic conditions. Best Practice and Research in Clinical Rheumatology. 2012 Jun;26 (3):pages 387-98. doi: 10.1016/j.berh.2012.05.006. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award