Multiple Sclerosis and Taoist Tai Chi® arts
If you have been recently diagnosed or have been managing for years, you know that multiple sclerosis can cause problems with movement, balance and coordination, fatigue, stiffness, pain, loss of sensation and depression. Certainly MS can leave you feeling isolated and deeply affect your enjoyment of life.
Fortunately, research and anecdotal evidence about tai chi and MS show that tai chi is effective in helping people who have multiple sclerosis. With Taoist Tai Chi® practice you can move more freely, maintain flexibility and strength, find better balance and lift your spirits. Daily activities become easier.
In addition, people practicing Taoist Tai Chi® arts have found a sense of lightness and a deep feeling of well-being.
“Taoist Tai Chi® practice eliminated fatigue due to multiple sclerosis.”
– Gail, Saskatoon, Canada
“Taoist Tai Chi® arts have provided a tool to work with my MS. I have a feeling of some control of my outcome with MS and Taoist Tai Chi® practice definitely helps me stay more positive.”
– Michele, North Saanich, Canada
“My MS gives me a lot of fatigue. With Taoist Tai Chi® practice I am able to maintain a certain level of energy and I am able to enjoy things more.”
– Ellenore, Niverville, Canada
If I can do anything for someone who has MS it would be to recommend they do Taoist Tai Chi® arts.
I was diagnosed with MS in 1998 and started Taoist Tai Chi® practice in 2012. If I don’t do my tai chi I really feel it. If I am in pain I do my Taoist Tai Chi® practice. It also really helps me with mobility and balance. I know where to put my weight so I do not fall. For example, when I was first diagnosed using a bathtub was a nightmare. Now, because of Taoist Tai Chi® arts, I know how to manage my body. I know how to get the weight in my feet. Also the community is great. I feel like I belong and the energy of the group really helps me; it moves me. I don’t feel like I have a disability here. All these things make the whole of why I do Taoist Tai Chi® arts. Everyone cares.
– Maria, Coquitlam, Canada
“I feel Taoist Tai Chi® arts have made a huge difference with my MS symptoms. I used to be very active but due to severe fatigue with the MS my activity had been reduced to only walking. Taoist Tai Chi® practice makes me feel like I’ve had a great physical workout but it doesn’t fatigue me; it actually gives me more energy. Balance and concentration are much improved. I highly recommend Taoist Tai Chi® arts for its many health benefits especially as we age! I’m also a retired nurse.”
– Barbara, Victoria, Canada
„There is little or nothing in western medicine that improves people who have multiple sclerosis, but Taoist Tai Chi® arts got me walking again. I have the relapsing-remitting form of MS, and before Tai Chi I would never remit fully; I’d always lose something after a relapse. After I started Taoist Tai Chi® practice, I could use it not only to remit completely to where I was before the relapse, but also to take it further and regain some of what I had lost earlier.“
A note from Bill, Sue’s husband/caregiver.
“I’ve been Sue’s caregiver since the MS started to have serious effects on her in the late 1980s. I realized a few years ago I had been coping physically and emotionally with very difficult experiences much better than I would have before Taoist Tai Chi® arts. The meditative benefits of Taoist Tai Chi® practice has allowed me to do what needs doing — eyes see, hands do — without driving myself crazy fretting about things I can’t control.”
– Sue and Bill, Vancouver, Canada