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Tai Chi Chuan

State of the Art in International Research

Editor(s): Hong Y. (Hong Kong) 
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Vol. 52, No. , 2008
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Hong Y (ed): Tai Chi Chuan. State of the Art in International Research. Med Sport Sci. Basel, Karger, 2008, vol 52, pp 218-229
(DOI:10.1159/000134302)

Tai Chi Improves Pain and Functional Status in Adults with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Results of a Pilot Single-Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial

Wang C.
Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston, Mass., USA

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Published online: 5/19/2008
Cover Date: 2008

Number of Print Pages: 12
Number of Figures: 0
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ISBN: 978-3-8055-8489-0 (Print)
eISBN: 978-3-8055-8490-6 (Online)

Abstract

Background/Aims: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a serious health problem resulting in significant morbidity and disability. Tai Chi may be beneficial to patients with RA as a result of effects on muscle strength and ‘mind-body’ interactions. To obtain preliminary data on the effects of Tai Chi on RA, we conducted a pilot randomized controlled trial. Twenty patients with functional class I or II RA were randomly assigned to Tai Chi or attention control in twice-weekly sessions for 12 weeks. The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 20 response criterion, functional capacity, health-related quality of life and the depression index were assessed. Results: At 12 weeks, 5/10 patients (50%) randomized to Tai Chi achieved an ACR 20% response compared with 0/10 (0%) in the control (p = 0.03). Tai Chi had greater improvement in the disability index (p = 0.01), vitality subscale of the Medical Outcome Study Short Form 36 (p = 0.01) and the depression index (p = 0.003). Similar trends to improvement were also observed for disease activity, functional capacity and health-related quality of life. No adverse events were observed and no patients withdrew from the study. Conclusion: Tai Chi appears safe and may be beneficial for functional class I or II RA. These promising results warrant further investigation into the potential complementary role of Tai Chi for treatment of RA.


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
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Published online: 5/19/2008
Cover Date: 2008

Number of Print Pages: 12
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISBN: 978-3-8055-8489-0 (Print)
eISBN: 978-3-8055-8490-6 (Online)


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