Sunday, April 08, 2018 by Edsel Cook
A Chinese research team held a randomized controlled trial to determine the effect of Taijiquan practice on knee proprioception in patients who suffered from knee osteoarthritis (OA.) Their findings determined that patients who practiced tai chi showed marked improvements over those who settled for the standard wellness education program. The study was published in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The full study can be read here.
According to the researchers, their findings prove Taijiquan is an effective physical therapy for knee osteoarthritis patients who want to protect their vulnerable knee joints against potential injury.
Qingguang Z, Lingyan H, Jingxian L, Lijuan M, Yunya Z, Fang M, Liu Y, Xie W. EFFECT OF TAIJIQUAN PRACTICE VERSUS WELLNESS EDUCATION ON KNEE PROPRIOCEPTION IN PATIENTS WITH KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS: A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL. Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 2017;37(6):774–781. DOI: 10.1016/S0254-6272(18)30040-2.