In 1997, Dr. Paul Lam, a family physician and tai chi expert, worked with a team of tai chi and medical specialists to create the Tai Chi for Arthritis program. The special features of this unique program are that it is easy to learn, enjoyable, and provides many health benefits in a relatively short period of time.
Medical studies have shown that practicing this program reduces pain significantly, prevents falls for the elderly, and improves many aspects of health. Several of these studies will be shared in this website as blog posts.
Tai Chi for Arthritis is based on Sun style tai chi. This style was chosen because of its healing component, its unique Qigong (an exercise which improves relaxation and vital energy), and its ability to improve mobility and balance.
Most people can learn the basic Tai Chi for Arthritis movements in 8 to 12 one hour lessons, with regular practice in between the lessons. The entire program has much depth, allowing one to continue to improve, reach a higher level of tai chi, and enjoy greater health benefits for many years.
Designed to relieve back pain, restore the ability to work and play, improve health and quality of life, this program will also help people in wheelchairs and with other medical conditions. This Tai Chi set is adapted from Tai Chi for Arthritis with additional material and different approach of teaching.
This program is easy to learnt and places special emphasis on strengthening the deep stabilising muscles of the back. It contains adaptations for people with other chronic disabilities. The program aims at helping you cope better with daily tasks, as well as improving your mental and physical health. No prior knowledge of tai chi is necessary.