Houston Community News >> Tai Chi Helps With Tension Headaches

4/27/2007 LOS ANGELES-- Tai Chi, a traditional Chinese low-impact mind-body exercise, provided significant health benefits for U.S. adults suffering from tension headaches.

Patients who participated in a 15-week
Tai Chi program were helped not only with headache pain, but also perceived improvement in other areas, reporting increased energy, emotional well-being, social functioning and improved mental health, according to the study published in Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Ryan B. Abbott and Dr. Ka-Kit Hui, both of the Center for East-West Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles, say Tai Chi's emphasis on relaxation, breathing and coordination may address stress, the underlying cause of the pain associated with tension headaches.

(Contributed by UPI)