Benefits Of Yoga And Tai Chi

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Yoga and tai chi can benefit the elderly.
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Tai chi is easier to perform for older adults

A new study has revealed that mind-body therapies such as yoga and tai chi that cause interactions between the mind, body and behaviour can help elderly people get rid of chronic pain. The study published in Pain Medicine said that elderly people suffering from chronic pain can release themselves with eight mind-body interventions, which includes progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, hypnosis, tai chi and yoga.

The article finds evidence that, in particular, progressive muscle relaxation may be effective for older people with osteoarthritis pain, while meditation and tai chi appear to improve function and coping with low back pain and osteoarthritis.

Chronic pain is common among older people. Sufferers are often unable to receive adequate treatment because of limited physician training in pain management for the elderly and the increased likelihood of side effects from pain medication.

The trials we reviewed indicated that mind–body therapies were especially well suited to the older adult with chronic pain,” concludes lead author Natalia E Morone, MD, MSc. “This was because of their gentle approach, which made them suitable for even the frail older adult. Additionally, their positive emphasis on self-exploration was a potential remedy for the heavy emotional, psychological and social burden that is a hallmark of chronic pain.

Source:The Times Of India

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