Tai Chi Safe and Effective for Chronic Arthritis
Departments of Medicine, Social Medicine and Orthopaedics,
University of North
Carolina, Chapel Hill,
Current opinion in rheumatology, 2009 Mar;21(2):177-82
of this review is to evaluate recent trials and studies of different types of
physical activity programs for individuals with chronic arthritis and to
discuss recommendations and findings from systematic reviews of physical
randomized control trials of different multi-component land-based, aquatic, Tai
Chi, and strength training programs report moderate benefits after intervention
and at 6 and 12 months for individuals with various types of chronic arthritis.
Reported benefits include increasing physical activity, strength, and balance,
improving functional status, reducing symptoms, and enhancing self-efficacy.
Recent systematic reviews recommend evidence-based, land-based, aquatic, Tai Chi, and strength training programs for
individuals with arthritis.
There is a preponderance of strong scientific evidence that both aerobic and
muscle strengthening exercises, alone or in combination, are safe and
moderately effective for individuals with chronic arthritis.