Tai Chi for Arthritis is an evidence-based program developed by Dr. Paul Lam, a family medicine physician and a team of medical experts and martial artists. The program is supported by the Center for Disease Control and by Arthritis Foundations world-wide because it is shown to be effective in decreasing pain, stiffness and risk for falls while improving balance and postural stability, strength, endurance, coordination, cognitive focus, immune system function, sleep, quality of life and the mind-body connection. Tai Chi for Arthritis is shown to be effective in Fall Prevention and symptom relief with: Arthritis, Parkinson’s Disease, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Stress, Depression, Osteoporosis, Cardiopulmonary Disorders, and Diabetes. Tai Chi for Arthritis is a low intensity, mind-body, strengthening, balance and flexibility exercise program that can be adapted for many conditions . The program can be performed seated as well as standing.
Evidence based programs must be rigorous, and extensively evaluated using a control/comparison group, with documented and published outcomes. Evidence has shown the Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi exercise program meets the highest level criteria for Patient Centered Community Programs. More about the program.
WNC Tai Chi for Arthritis programs run for 12 weeks throughout the year. Research supports 50 hours of practice within a 12 week period is the amount of time is needed for best results. Many students continue the program indefinitely to enhance their personal practice and to enjoy socialization with the supportive community among Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis followers here in Asheville. A 6 week bridge program is offered during the months of November & December to accommodate the holidays.
Seniors and older adults are encouraged to explore Tai Chi for Fall Prevention and health maintenance. Nurses, Physical Therapists and PTA’s receive 12 hours continuing education credit for the course. Level I & Level II classes are offered every Wednesday at two locations. In January 2014 a Tai Chi for Energy program will be added to the class offerings. Tai Chi for Arthritis Level 1 is a prerequisite for Tai Chi for energy. If you’d like information about the Tai Chi for Energy program please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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