Tai Chi for Arthritis, an evidence-based program developed by Dr. Paul Lam and supported by Arthritis Foundations world wide, 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.
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.
Tai Chi for Arthritis, a low intensity, mind-body, strengthening, balance and flexibility exercise program, 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.
The WNC Tai Chi for Arthritis programs run for 12 weeks throughout the year. Research supports this amount of time is needed for best results. Many students continue the program indefinitely to enhance their personal practice and to enjoy the supportive community among Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis followers here in Asheville.
Seniors and older adults are encouraged to explore Tai Chi for Fall Prevention and health maintenance. Nurses, RNs, 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:
Jewish Community Center 236 Charlotte St. 1:00-2:00 PM
First Baptist Church 5 Oak St. & I -240 4:00-5:00 PM and 7:30-8:30 PM