Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Ville Platte LA

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.

Stephen Michael Lindsey
(225) 761-5200
9001 Summa Ave
Baton Rouge, LA
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(337) 474-8672
4401 Somerset St
Lake Charles, LA
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New Orleans, LA
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Monroe, LA
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John E Marshall
(225) 769-4044
7373 Perkins Rd
Baton Rouge, LA
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(504) 241-6407
6030 Bullard Ave Ste 150
New Orleans, LA
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Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
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New Orleans, LA
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Mohammad I Shbeeb, MD
(318) 767-8393
3349 Masonic Dr
Alexandria, LA
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(318) 675-5000
820 Jordan St Ste 201
Shreveport, LA
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Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport, Shreveport La 71130
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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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