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HEALTH BLOG

MCR Chiropractic

What Puts Motion in Medicine? Tai Chi

While many of us think we need to throw weights around and break a heavy sweat to get our bodies moving, the “no pain, no gain” mentality is a thing of the past! In fact, to prime your body for more rigorous activities, tai chi may be just what you need! Tai chi is often described as “medication in motion” because of the restorative benefits for the mind and body, as it promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. With the chaos of normal life, who couldn’t use a little serenity?

What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi (TIE-CHEE) was originally developed for self-defense but has evolved into a popular form of exercise. Widely recognized as perfect for all ages, tai chi is a form of exercise that's now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions, including osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.

Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. Because tai chi is a low-impact exercise, it may be especially suitable if you're an older adult who otherwise may not exercise.

The Health Benefits of Tai Chi

When performed regularly with proper form, tai chi can be a positive component of an overall approach to improving your health. According to the Mayo Clinic, the benefits of tai chi may include:

  • Decreased stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Improved mood
  • Improved aerobic capacity
  • Increased energy and stamina
  • Improved flexibility, balance, and agility
  • Improved muscle strength and definition

 Additional evidence indicates that tai chi may also help:

  • Enhance quality of sleep
  • Enhance the immune system
  • Help lower blood pressure
  • Improve joint pain
  • Improve symptoms of congestive heart failure
  • Improve overall well-being
  • Reduce the risk of falls in older adults

Tai chi is joint-friendly, requires no equipment, and can be done just about anywhere! Mind-body exercises, such as tai chi and yoga, have been gaining popularity over the past few decades. This isn’t surprising, given the increasing number of studies on the positive effects of these gentler forms of exercise. There’s even evidence that tai chi may help you live a longer, more vital life.

Give Tai Chi a Try

This activity is safe for all ages and abilities, but we recommend doing these exercises in a comfortable setting. Check with your chiropractor if you have any questions or concerns when performing these exercises.

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Keep It Up

We have plenty of time ahead for yardwork, tennis matches, and trips to the gym. For now, let’s start with this gentle form of exercise to build a bridge to strength, flexibility, and balance. With that in mind, breathe in the good air, exhale the bad air, and prepare your mind and body for whatever activities lie ahead!

If pain or injury makes it difficult to be as active as you would like, call any MCR Chiropractic location to schedule an evaluation!

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