After eight weeks of regular Tai Chi, participants in the study self-reported less pain, fatigue and stiffness. In addition, those doing Tai Chi had improved physical performance when doing timed chair stands (which are a measure of lower extremity strength), gait speed (both normal and fast) and two measures of balance: a single leg stance and a reach test. Researchers believe Tai Chi may help people with all types of arthritis, including fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
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