Tai Chi For Arthritis

Elderbridge Tai Chi for Arthritis Classes

 

Tai Chi for Arthritis class-photo courtesy Spencer Daily Reporter

The ancient Chinese martial art of Tai Chi is practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. The term Tai Chi was originally conceived as a martial art, but is also practiced for a variety of other personal reasons, including Tai Chi for Arthritis.

 The Tai Chi for Arthritis Program
The Elderbridge Tai Chi for Arthritis program is a rewarding experience for our students. The Tai Chi for Arthritis program is taught worldwide and over one million people have enjoyed learning and benefiting from the classes. Tai Chi for Arthritis is easy to learn and studies show that students will have reduced stress, experience fewer falls and better balance along with a variety of other health related benefits. Although the program is targeted toward arthritis sufferers, anyone can participate.

Pre-registration is required for Elderbridge Tai Chi for Arthritis classes. No walk-ins are accepted. There are two separate classes that run concurrently at the Spencer Area Activity Center, Tuesday morning from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and on Tuesday afternoon from 2:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Tai Chi for Arthritis classes are held once a week for 16 weeks.

Class participants MUST contact Elderbridge at 800-243-0678 Extension 7005 for more information and to register.

Elderbridge Instructors of Tai Chi for Arthritis

Elderbridge Tai Chi for Arthritis instructors are trained, certified and experienced. The two day training period for Elderbridge instructors involves:

-learning Tai Chi skills and knowledge as well and its principles and forms

-how to teach the program effectively and safely

-how to deliver the program

-how to work safely with people who have chronic diseases

-how to work with people of different ages and conditions

Elderbridge Tai Chi for Arthritis classes are safe.

All high risk movements have been removed and replaced with ones that are more effective for health. Elderbridge Tai Chi for Arthritis classes involve step by step instructions and includes warm up and cool down exercises. It’s a great start for a beginner to improve health and wellness; the program is proven to be effective to prevent falls; can improve muscular strength, flexibility, and fitness; increased muscular strength supports and protects joints, which will reduce pain. Tai Chi for Arthritis can be practiced sitting as well as standing, almost anyone, of any physical condition, can begin and continue to progress regardless of age.

The Scientific Evidence
In September 2003, the Journal of Rheumatology published a study that compared older adults with arthritis. After 12 weeks, those that practiced Tai Chi for Arthritis had 35% less pain, 29% less stiffness, 29% more ability to perform daily tasks (like climbing stairs), as well as improved balance, compared to the control group. For this reason, arthritis foundations around the world and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention give this program their full support.

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