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Dr. Paul Lam
08-25-2004, 03:08 AM
I have written an article: "Tai Chi for Back Pain: Rationale and Available Evidence Supporting Tai Chi as a Complementary Treatment". which is now published in the inaugural issue of "Medical Paradigm" - a peer review USA based medical magazine specialised in complemenatry medicine. You can download a free copy at

This article is intended for practitioners, so be prepare for medical jargons.

08-25-2004, 03:43 PM
Hi Paul

Thanks for passing on the link above it makes good reading. Back pain in the uk is now in number 2 position with regard to people taking days off work. The interesting thing I have picked up from your article is that back pain can cause mental Stress which in the uk is the number one cause of days lost at work. So maybe there is a bigger connection between the two complaints.

I think people who visit and post on these forums are all to aware of the benefits of Tai Chi. The big problem is can take to door but can not make walk through. All we can do as Tai Chi Practitioners is to keep trying to spread the word and hopefully pass on good Tai Chi.

I seem to have more people wanting to come to class because of stress related problems, is anybody else experiencing the same

08-25-2004, 11:35 PM

MOST of the students come because of stress related problems, especially in Germany where the health funds only pay for stress management. Stress management is important in arthritis, osteoporosis, meniere, hypertension and primarily back pain. Many people with back pain have psychosomatic causes. I sent an article to Paul about my student who came to learn to let go and not for back pain, her back pain was cured as a side effect

08-25-2004, 11:43 PM
A new student is an orthopedist(bone and muscle doctor) herself, she came with heavy chronic sciatica. She has a lot of emotional blockades, among others her fear of having such an attack will cause an attack. Since she is sich of too many painkillers she came to Tai Chi. After 4 classes the pain did not come back, i wouldn't say cured. The 1st class she had to leave because of a pain attack.