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Tai chi improves pain in patients with knee arthritis, trial finds

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2726 (Published 18 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2726
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Tai chi produced beneficial effects similar to a standard course of physical therapy in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis, a randomised single blind trial has shown.1

Tai chi is a traditional Chinese practice that combines meditation with slow, gentle movements, deep breathing, and relaxation. It has previously been shown to alleviate symptoms of knee osteoarthritis, but no trials directly compared tai chi with standard care.

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