Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Hingham MA

T’ai chi, as a meditative martial art involves the fluid repetition of a series of gentle movements called forms. People with arthritis benefit tremendously from the balance, stamina, endurance, focus, breathing, and social benefits they get from doing t’ai chi.

Paul J Duggan
(781) 331-3100
851 Main St
Weymouth, MA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Daniel Sheff
(617) 471-0033
500 Congress St
Quincy, MA
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Rheumatology

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Dennis Goldin
(617) 417-0033
500 Congress St
Quincy, MA
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Rheumatology

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Kenneth M Pariser, MD
(617) 522-1275
110 Ruggles Ln
Milton, MA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1974

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Peter A Merkel
(617) 638-7460
720 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA
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Rheumatology

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Robert Andrew Sands
(781) 849-2265
111 Grossman Dr
Braintree, MA
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Rheumatology

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Patricia Theresa Hopkins, MD
500 Congress St Ste B1
Quincy, MA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Dartmouth Med, Hanover Nh 03755
Graduation Year: 1980

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Peter Bernd Martens, MD
(617) 698-8855
100 Highland St Ste 222
Milton, MA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1990

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David Lewis Freeman
(617) 296-0456
2110 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester Center, MA
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Tuhina Neogi
(617) 638-7460
720 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA
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Alternative Treatments for Arthritis

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By Cara McDonald

Lenore Pristash was determined to cope with the arthritis in her neck and spine—after all, the 66-year-old was a former aerobics instructor and lifelong golfer, and she was used to being in control of her body. But when her doctor recommended neck surgery to remove bone spurs, the first words out of her mouth were, “No way.” “I was afraid I would lose the ability to do the things I love,” she says.

The Conventional Rx: Pristash was taking glucosamine and chondroitin (joint supplements that aid in cartilage repair), as well as Celebrex, a prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that irritated her stomach and increased her risk of heart attack and stroke.

The Alternative Rx: T’ai chi. This meditative martial art involves the fluid repetition of a series of gentle movements called forms. Pristash started attending a weekly class with a t’ai chi instructor and supplemented with DVD workouts at home.“People with arthritis benefit tremendously from the balance, stamina, endurance, focus, breathing, and social benefits they get from doing t’ai chi,” says Pristash’s instructor, Theresa Lilla, who herself has arthritis in her neck and knees. “It helps you to calm and connect with yourself, and when you’re in pain, that’s important.”

The Outcome:
Before t’ai chi, Pristash could move her head only 40 degrees to the left; now she can turn it all the way to her shoulder. Her joints don’t crackle like they used to, and she stopped taking Celebrex. But a surprise benefit has been the mental effect: “T’ai chi enables you to settle your body into yourself and the earth; it sounds corny, but that’s what you do,” Pristash says. “T’ai chi has helped make this disease tolerable.” —Cara McDonald

Author: Cara McDonald

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