Healing Exercise for COVID Long Haulers: How Tai Chi May Help Relieve “Long-Haul” COVID-19 Symptoms by Tommy Kirchhoff, Tai Chi Master
For 17 years, I have been refining Healing Exercise, a therapeutic/medicinal movement program based on the Chinese martial art that’s clinically proven to relieve a long list of illnesses. Then the COVID-19 pandemic struck. As 29 million Americans got sick and many struggled with long-haul COVID-19 symptoms, I felt a growing sense of urgency. I spoke with a researcher who found Tai Chi boosts immunity to the shingles virus in older adults. The doctor told me Tai Chi would likely have similar benefits for COVID patients.
When you can get someone to relax, all these magical things start to happen – with the relaxation response, the body starts to heal itself more like when you were younger. We have all these clinical studies showing that it helps with breathing, energy level and pain relief. That is COVID long-haul in a nutshell.
The pandemic has intensified my mission to educate seniors, doctors and everyone about the health benefits of Tai Chi. I believe the crisis presents an opportunity to get Americans, particularly seniors, to change how they view taking care of their health.
There is an old saying, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. How can we get people to start investing 20 minutes a day in themselves to prevent all these problems?
Tai Chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but might well be called “medication in motion,” Harvard Medical School notes. The list of ailments Tai Chi can relieve includes:
- back pain
- neck pain
- chronic pain
- high blood pressure
- Parkinson’s disease
Today, more people are embracing Tai Chi to relieve stress and maintain health and wellness. As researchers study and verify the myriad benefits of Tai Chi, seniors who practice Healing Medicine testify to its effectiveness in helping them overcome health problems.
Tai-Chi is self-care, like brushing your teeth. It is something you can do every day to take care of yourself.
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