Does Tai Chi help treat chronic pain?

Yes. Tai chi can reduce chronic musculoskeletal pain from fibromyalgia, arthritis and neurological disorders. It is an appropriate exercise for those with back and neck pain, because of the slow, controlled movements that build strength while also stretching sore muscles.

Regular tai chi training can provide a positive effect on practitioners by reducing pain and improving disability due to arthritis and fibromyalgia. In a study at Tufts University in 2008, tai chi practice for twice a week for twelve weeks was found to reduce pain and improve psychological functioning as compared to regular stretching exercises.

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