Tai Chi for Arthritis Is the Pill-Free Way to Ease Pain

Find out how this gentle, ancient practice can help alleviate your aches and pains.

A group of people in a park practice tai chi for arthritis pain relief.

Medically reviewed in August 2021

You may be able to use your own body to help ease arthritis symptoms in your knees and other creaky joints through regular practice of tai chi.  

How does tai chi help with arthritis?  
This gentle martial art integrates fluid movements with deep breathing—and research shows tai chi may help reduce arthritis pain and disability by about 10 points on a 100-point scale. 

Tried-and-true tai chi exercises 
When it comes to improving balance and coordination, tai chi is hard to beat. And the slow, dancelike moves also stretch and strengthen the muscles tasked with supporting your joints, making you stronger and more flexible. And if it's more energy you're after, research shows that tai chi exercises can help with that, too. 

Pain, pain, go away 
Tai chi is just one of many mind-body tricks that may help ease arthritis symptoms without the help of pills. Finding an exercise plan, eating a healthy diet and wearing a knee brace are among the many natural options for relieving pain.

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