Can tai chi and yoga relieve chronic pain?

Two Eastern forms of meditative exercise -- tai chi and yoga -- are prized for enhancing strength, flexibility, and a calm spirit. Studies have revealed that both may also reduce pain and improve physical function in people with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic lower-back pain. Beyond that, both disciplines may lower stress levels and boost overall quality of life in chronic pain sufferers.

Yoga and tai chi enhance flexibility and balance and reduce stress to relieve pain. In this video, Devi Nampiaparampil, MD, chief of pain management at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, warns that overdoing these exercises can cause pain.

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