Tai Chi for Arthritis

  • Tuesday, July 16, 2024 03:00pm - 04:00pm
About Event
Tai Chi Group

Tai Chi is a form of mind-body exercise originating from traditional Chinese martial arts. It involves slow, deliberate movements, gentle stretching, and controlled breathing. Practiced as a form of exercise, Tai Chi focuses on improving balance, flexibility, and overall physical health while fostering mental relaxation and mindfulness. Moses Kamanzi, Public Health’s Injury Prevention Supervisor will lead the session.

How Tai Chi Helps with Arthritis

Improves Joint Mobility: Tai Chi's slow, flowing movements help to gently stretch and strengthen muscles around the joints, which can enhance flexibility and range of motion. This is particularly beneficial for individuals with arthritis, as it helps maintain or improve joint function without causing additional strain.

Reduces Pain: Regular practice of Tai Chi has been shown to help reduce arthritis-related pain. The gentle exercise can lead to the release of endorphins, which are natural pain relievers. Additionally, the focus on relaxation and deep breathing helps to manage and reduce stress, which can contribute to pain perception.

Enhances Balance and Coordination: Arthritis can affect balance and coordination, increasing the risk of falls. Tai Chi emphasizes weight shifting and slow, controlled movements, which can improve balance, stability, and overall coordination. This can be especially beneficial for individuals with arthritis, who may be at higher risk for falls and injuries.

Strengthens Muscles: By engaging in Tai Chi, individuals can strengthen the muscles surrounding the affected joints. Stronger muscles help support and stabilize the joints, reducing the load and stress placed on them during daily activities.

Promotes Relaxation and Stress Reduction: The meditative aspect of Tai Chi encourages relaxation and mental calmness. Reducing stress and tension can help alleviate the psychological and emotional burden associated with chronic pain and arthritis.

Improves Physical Activity: Regular practice of Tai Chi can lead to improvements in the overall physical activities of daily living. This can enhance the quality of life for individuals with arthritis by making everyday tasks easier and more manageable.

Individuals with arthritis should consult their healthcare provider before starting any new exercise program to ensure it is safe and appropriate for their specific condition.

  • Participants Must attend the first class before attending the follow session.
  • Participants must be 50+ unless diagnosed with arthritis, a Montgomery County resident, & diagnosed with arthritis or at risk of falling.
  • Must Complete a Participant info. form (Pre-Survey) before class begins and Post-survey at the end. If individuals need help filling out a survey that can be directed to the assigned instructor.
  • Waiver will also need to be signed before class begins.

*Registration is for ages 50+ unless diagnosed with arthritis

Contact 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Location 

Years Ahead Dayton 3969 Salem Avenue Dayton, OH 45406