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Tai Chi for osteoarthritis: How exercise is “rebranded” as complementary and alternative medicine

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Yet, through the wonders of “integrative medicine,” these sorts of diet and lifestyle interventions are “rebranded” as somehow “alternative” or “integrative” and then wedded to all sorts of quackery, like acupuncture, reiki, and dubious supplements. Tai chi versus osteoarthritis Tai Chi, for those of you unfamiliar with it, is a martial art that combines slow, deliberate, graceful stretching with breathing ...

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Tai chi may be as good as physical therapy for arthritis-related knee pain

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In fact, almost half of the population will have knee pain due to osteoarthritis by age 85. More than 700,000 of these operations are performed in the U.S. each year, and the rate of knee replacement surgery has nearly doubled between 2000 and 2010. The mainstays of treatment include losing weight if you need to, exercise, various pain relievers and ...

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How Tai Chi Can Help Conquer Fear of Falling as We Age

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The odds of a bone-shattering fall increase with age, as muscles grow weak and vision fades. Yet seniors who fear falling are at higher risk of falling, research shows, even if they have never taken a spill before. Those most fearful of falling may decide to avoid risk by avoiding activity—and then grow weaker and more likely to fall as ...

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Drop The Pain Reliever: Experts Say Yoga, Acupuncture And Tai Chi Might Be Just As Effective

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Complementary health practices like yoga, acupuncture and tai chi are effective in relieving some pain conditions like headaches, back pain and arthritis, reports a recent study. Pain is a feeling that indicates a problem, which in turn helps in diagnosing a condition or disease. When the underlying condition is treated, the pain subsides, but some problems like migraine and arthritis ...

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