Tai Chi is an ancient practice that has been learned for many reasons: self defense, exercise, and pain relief.
Now, Texas Tech wants to look closely at the benefits of Tai Chi, particularly in older Americans with knee pain. In fact, researchers there are searching for people like that to join a class during a three month study. The good news is that it's free, and not just the class.
"That's a free exam and a follow up by a physician. We hope for significant improvement, in just three months," says Dr. Jean-Michel Brismee, TTUHSC.
This is a joint effort by Texas Tech researchers in the department of internal medicine, rheumatology, rehabilitation, and movement sciences. Since it's a controlled study, only half the seniors enrolled will get the exercise but all will get the free exams.
You must be at least age 55 with knee pain in one or both knees. You must be able to walk at least 25 feet, and you need to be able to get to Carillon three times a week during the study because that's where the classes will be held.
TTU Tai Chi Study Recruitment
Monday (February 23rd) 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday (February 26th) 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Monday (March 1) 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For Information, you can call (806) 743-3155
If you're interested in joining the Tai Chi study, you can attend any of these three recruitment sessions at Carillon.