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  • Q5 with Nina Chen: Soothe arthritis with tai chi

  • Nina Chen is a Human Development Specialist for the Missouri Extension Office. She is hosting a Tai Chi for arthritis class 6 p.m. tonight at the extension office on Main Street. For more information call 252-5051.

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  • Nina Chen is a Human Development Specialist for the Missouri Extension Office. She is hosting a Tai Chi for arthritis class 6 p.m. tonight at the extension office on Main Street. For more information call 252-5051.
    1 Tai Chi is a popular activity, but it also helps with arthritis. Could you explain how it does so?
    Tai Chi for Arthritis is a gentle exercise. The gentle movements improve muscular strength. Muscular strength supports joints which will reduce pain. Flexibility exercises also help reduce stiffness and pain.
    2 Do you find that first-timers are skeptical of the activity?
    More than two-thirds of our participants did not know about Tai Chi. After the class, the majority of them asked for more Tai Chi for arthritis classes.
    3 What kind of benefits does the activity bring to sufferers – beyond the obvious?
    Increases strength and flexibility; decreases pain in joints, high blood pressure, and stress; helps reduce high blood pressure; increases sense of well-being; improves balance; reduces the rate of falls of the elderly by 47 percent.
    4 How long have you been practicing this activity, and what benefits has it brought you personally?
    I have practiced Tai Chi for about six years. I am a certified Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor and enjoy helping people improve their health. Tai Chi has helped me improve flexibility, fitness, and relaxation.
    5 Aside from arthritis relief, are there any other ailments it helps with?
    Tai Chi improves and possibly prevents chronic conditions. It can be performed as seated Tai Chi. The program is also suitable for people with disabilities or the elderly. Our oldest participants were 95 and 101 years old.

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