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Tai Chi - any good for Fibro?
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Ann-Marie - July 6

Do any of you find that Tai Chi helps. I am thinking of taking it up.

 

Karen - July 17

Tai Chi is a very vigorous excercise. At least that is what I have seen. I don't know if you would be able to tolerate the pain afterward. I would discuss an excercise program with someone who specializes in fibro.

 

Bill Douglas - August 28

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JL Milner - September 11

Tai Chi is not that vigorous...it would be excellent as a stress relief exercise and should help with some of the symptoms of FM

 

Karen - September 14

You haven't been watching the programs that I have been watching. I could never do it.

 

terry greenwell - October 2

tai chi when adapted to suit the special needs of the individual can promote a greater sense of relaxation and help to lessen the pain/tension loop.I presently run a class for ms sufferers and a group for the elderly and have had some very positive feedback.Tai chi is always practised well within the pstudents comfort zone and can be adapted endlessly to suit individual needs ,it can even be practised seated.Tai chi has a strong medative element and is entirely gentle ,avoiding held stretches and muscular tension .I personally came to tai chi as a means to coping with chronic pain and some serious physical and mental health issues.It worked for me.If anyone should like any further info then you can find me thru google on tai chi finder or emailbeck@funkystar.freeserve.co.uk

 

Ann-Marie - October 2

Hi. Since posting my initial question I actually did a 10 week course in Tai Chi and one in Qi Gong which focuses on breathing and relaxation. Initially I ached a lot (I hadn't exercised for ages) but the teacher was very understanding and I only did what I felt I could do. My main problem was that I seemed to have a constant pain in between my shoulderblades (more so than usual). Maybe I wasn't doing it correctly. That said, I really enjoyed it and am hoping to take it up again. I found it suited the FMS because it wasn't jarring or vigourous but still worked on your muscles. Take care XX

 

terry greenwell - October 15

Hi Ann-Marie,Well done, I am presently teaching a gentleman with your condition and we have between us begun to find the right pace to suit him.He has the option of sitting or using a prop where needed and I think this is important as the large muscles of the legs can cause quick fatigue.I am pleased you have enjoyed the QI Gong as this is a lovely and gentle method for self healing that is very powerful if applied daily.The pain between your shoulder blades suggests you are not sinking your arms at the elbows whilst practising ,this will raise the shoulders and in turn cause tension and pain just where you have it .Get your teacher to look at your standing posture and a simple ward off ,this twinned with a look at your breathing habits [are you sinking the breath or holding it high in the chest?]will ascertain whether your posture and breath control need modifying.There is a super book called the healer within by roger jahnke who is a doctor of oriental medicine which provides a daily routine of soft movements,breath control,self massage and meditation which together combine to encourage self healing,have a read
Terry

 

Gigi - January 15

I teach Tai Chi for chronic pain and fitness. I have FMS and it does help. It takes a little perseverance in order to get through the first couple of weeks...new movements, new aches, but for my other FMSers who have stuck with it, they report feeling better.

 

Jean - January 15

I believe tai Chi could help relieve stress and would calm the fibr. I don't have that in my area it's about an hour to get to but if it was closer I would give it a try.

 

Bill Douglas - March 9

Tai Chi can be gentle enough for everyone. It all depends on how it is taught. My four hour DVD breaks down tai chi into lesson segments and relaxation therapies. I have taught for fibromyalgia professionals and many people with many conditions who've benefitted greatly from tai chi. The program is called "Anthology of T'ai Chi & Qigong: The Prescription for the Future."

 

kurt - June 18

yes it does help, me atleast . I take tai chi-chi a form of tai chi however gentle. it does give you a workout.

 

Bev Reed - July 6

I was diagnosed with fibro 13 years ago, and was in intense pain and using a cane as little as six years ago. I've worked to overcome the worst of it, and for the past two years have been teaching tai chi to people with fibro, balance problems, stroke issues, arthritis, chronic pain and emotional issues, as well as those who are healthy. My students range in age from 14 to people in their 80's. It is adaptable to all levels of ability; the key is finding a good teacher, especially one who knows how to adapt their teaching to benefit each individual in the class.

 

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