In a nutshell, the piece summarizes a recent study reported on this past April, about the benefits of t'ai chi in improving balance and alleviating arthritic pain. This is a finding that has been reported on repeatedly, but it never hurts to remind ourselves. I believe that improved balance is perhaps the most striking and confirmable benefit of regular t'ai chi practice.
Re back pain:
A report that came out earlier in the year -- The scientific community seldom recognizes t'ai chi among the mindfulness techniques.
Anyway, there was an exception recently. The American College of Physicians published last spring a new study re back pain. Basically, it states that someone suffering pain should not "medicalize" the problem -- in other words, don't go the route of X-rays, MRIs and def not opioids. But DO go the non-medical route.
to quote: For patients with chronic low back pain, the American College of Physicians recommends that physicians and patients initially select non-drug therapy with exercise, multidisciplinary rehabilitation, acupuncture, mindfulness-based stress reduction, tai chi...
It was so nice for we t'ai chi students and teachers to have this amazing and effective movement- art recognized.