Tai Chi recommended for arthritis sufferers

Over 50s suffering from arthritis could find Tai Chi to be a relaxing way to ease pain and improve fitness.

A report published in Arthritis Care & Research has revealed that practice of the Chinese martial art can relieve pain and disability for sufferers of the disease.

Christina Nicolaidou of the charity Arthritis Care affirmed the benefits to arthritis patients of Tai Chi and other light exercises, and spoke of the positive effects they can have on joint and muscle strengthening.

She said: "Many people with arthritis enjoy Tai Chi and find that it improves overall fitness, balance and energy, but any exercise is good as long as it's appropriate for you."

Ms Nicolaidou advised sufferers to consult a doctor or physiotherapist before embarking on an exercise programme to determine an appropriate level of activity.

According to research by the charity, arthritis affects one in five adults in Britain and is twice as likely to affect women as men.

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