Tai Chi for Arthritis Relief
Gentle movements of the ancient Chinese exercise tai chi are one of many alternatives to help elderly people find pain relief.
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Positive Imagery: This is a variation of deep breathing.
The basic idea is to put yourself in a quiet place with minimal disturbances,
close your eyes, relax, and breathe deeply several times. Then imagine that you
are in a place where you are happy and relaxed; it might be the beach, the
mountains, a cabin in a storm, a boat in calm waters, or whatever place makes
you happy. In your mind look carefully at the entire scene. Imagine the smells,
the temperature, the sounds, anything you can observe about this happy place.
It might mean going back in time to a point in your life when you felt safe and
happy. Positive imagery helps you to relax, subdue tensions, and lessen
Self-Hypnosis: This is a way to put yourself into a state
of deep relaxation. There are audiotapes available in most bookstores to help
you with most of these types of deep relaxation, but a therapist can also be
very helpful in teaching the technique.