RICHLAND, Wash. - A local hospital is using Tai Chi to help patients battling arthritis.
Even though it's an ancient practice, Tai Chi was just recently introduced at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland two years ago.
Doctors often recommend the elderly to keep moving and be active. Tai Chi is designed to move just about every part of your body. Tai Chi Instructor David Goering said a daily Tai Chi exercise can help patients with their mobility.
"You have to look at what arthritis does. It destroys the joints and it slows mobility down. Just opening and closing your hands, getting those hands to move, rolling your wrists a little bit, opening your elbows, rolling your shoulders, those things may not be things that people do on a daily basis," said Goering with Kadlec Therapy Services.
Goering said Tai Chi can't cure anything, but people with back pain, joint problems, arthritis and more have said their mobility has improved.
After 2 years, Kadlec has seen over 300 people take the class. Tai Chi classes are every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. The program costs $45.00 a month. Advanced Tai Chi starts in June 2009.