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Tai Chi for Arthritis


Tai Chi for Arthritis was developed by family physician, Dr. Paul Lam, in Sydney Australia. Utilizing Sun style tai chi, it is specifically designed for people with arthritis. This form has been adapted by the Arthritis Foundation of the United States as the official form, Tai Chi from the Arthritis Foundation, that is taught by their instructors throughout the country. Similarly, it is the official tai chi form used by the Arthritis Foundation of Australia. For current certified instructors, go to (Tai Chi for Health Institute).

Benefits of Tai Chi for Arthritis:

  • Improves flexibility.
  • Decreases pain in joints.
  • Improves posture.
  • Improves balance.
  • Improves mood.
  • Improves strength.
  • Reduces stress.
  • Improves stamina.

Why Sun Style:

  • Agile steps with a follow step to promote balance.
  • Higher stance than other forms of tai chi. This is easier for older people and those with arthritis.
  • Many Qigong movements which improve energy.
  • Has great depth of art that holds practitioners' interest.

Tai Chi for Arthritis Part 1 consists of 12 movements. When Part 1 is mastered, students are encouraged to take Part 2 that includes the movements of Part 1 to the opposite side and adds 9 new movements. Each of these Parts can be learned in a weekend workshop and polished over a lifetime.

Additional Readings

  • To read more about Tai Chi for Arthritis and Dr. Lam, please see his website,

  • From CNN: Tai Chi may aid in arthritis treatment — Tuesday, March 16, 2004
    "When it comes to working out, no exercise regimen is 'one size fits all,' but one particular martial art form comes pretty close. According to a review article in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the ancient martial art of Tai Chi not only improves strength, balance and flexibility in older people, but it also has positive effects on chronic health conditions like multiple sclerosis and joint problems" read more...