Tai Chi: A Holistic Exercise for Tension Headaches

Posted by on Nov. 24, 2012

Tai Chi: A Holistic Exercise for Tension Headaches

Tai chi is commonly known as a gentle exercise that reduces stress and anxiety and improves balance and flexibility. It puts minimal pressure on the joints and muscles, and the movements flow from one to the other, ensuring that your body is in a constant state of motion. Aside from these benefits, tai chi has also been proven to help ease the painful clutches of tension headaches.

A recent study was based on a clinical trial wherein 47 participants were randomly assigned to a 15-week tai chi program. The participants revealed an improvement in their energy levels, social functions, and emotional and mental well-being. Aside from these, they also benefited from having less painful headaches. Considering that tai chi does not rely on any medication, it is proven to be a holistic relaxation technique that could improve tension-type headaches.

However, while tai chi is generally safe for most people, it is not recommended for those who have osteoporosis, bone fractures, sprains, and similar conditions as the tai chi positions could worsen the conditions overtime. Most importantly, tai chi is not a treatment per se, but an effective stress-relieving exercise that could lessen headaches.

 

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