The Effects of Tai Chi for Arthritis on Chronic Arthritic Pain of Senior Female : A Pilot Study

만성 관절 통증 여성 노인환자에 있어 관절염 태극권의 효과에 대한 pilot study

  • Hwang, Eui-Hyoung (Dept. of Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Woo-Suk University) ;
  • Kim, Jung-Hwan (Dept. of Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Woo-Suk University) ;
  • Jang, In-Soo (Dept. of Internal Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Woo-Suk University) ;
  • Yang, Chang-Sop (Dept. of Internal Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Woo-Suk University) ;
  • Kang, Jun-Won (Evergreen Silver Hospital)
  • 황의형 (우석대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학과교실) ;
  • 김정환 (우석대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학과교실) ;
  • 장인수 (우석대학교 한의과대학 한방내과학교실) ;
  • 양창섭 (우석대학교 한의과대학 한방내과학교실) ;
  • 강준원 (늘푸른 요양병원)
  • Received : 2009.12.10
  • Accepted : 2010.01.11
  • Published : 2010.01.31


Objectives : Tai Chi for arthritis was developed in 1997 by Paul Lam, M.D. of family medicine in Australia. It is an exercise treatment program and a good approaching method for arthritis. However its application is limited to arthritis of knee joint only. Even there have been no clinical study in korean traditional medical society. The aim of this study is to investigate effect of the Tai Chi for arthritis on chronic pain of body. Methods : We designed this trial as objectives were (1) senior female over 60 years, (2) suffering for osteoarthritis and chronic body pain, (3) have no physical or mental dysfunctions (4) able to walk and exercise alone. Objectives mactched these criteria had been trained the Tai Chi for arthritis 2 hours a day for 21 weeks. Before and after training, pain of 8 joints (neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, waist, hip, knee, ankle) were estimated with the VAS(Visual Analog Scale). Results : Training the Tai Chi for arthritis relieved multiple joint pain(especially neck, lower back, shoulder, wrist and knee) and these were statistically significant. Conclusions : This study is a pilot study to investigate effect of the Tai Chi for arthritis on chronic pain of whole body. Absence of control group, and other scale to test joint function except VAS were limitations of this study. It is the first clinical approach about Tai Chi in korean medicine field, also the first study of Tai Chi for pain of the whole body.


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