Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Storrs Mansfield CT

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.

Yasmin Badrudin Kassam, MD
(860) 645-7707
57 Hartford Tpke
Vernon Rockville, CT
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Univ Of Glasgow, Fac Of Med, Glasgow, Scotland (803-05 Pr 1/71)
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Barbara Kage
(860) 646-9929
361 Main St
Manchester, CT
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(860) 889-0147
12 Case St
Norwich, CT
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: King Edward Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1990

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Danbury, CT
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Susan Stocker Giles, MD
(203) 573-7281
56 Mountain Terrace Rd
West Hartford, CT
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Pa State Univ Coll Of Med, Hershey Pa 17033
Graduation Year: 1989

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Barbara Kaminska Kage, MD
(860) 646-9929
153 S Main St
Manchester, CT
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Akademia Med, Lublin, Poland
Graduation Year: 1987

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Richard Roseff, MD
(203) 743-9596
67 Sand Pit Rd Ste 200
Danbury, CT
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Graduation Year: 1980

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(860) 612-0485
300 Kensington Ave # 3
New Britain, CT
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(203) 797-7636
24 Hospital Ave
Danbury, CT
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100 Retreat Ave Ste 501
Hartford, CT
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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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