A low impact Tai Chi class being offered in Sevierville aims to help those suffering from arthritis.
Arthritis affects 1.5 million Tennesseans and is the leading cause of disability in the United States. It is a chronic disease that targets the joints of the body. Common symptoms include joint pain, aching, stiffness and swelling. Though arthritis tends to be debilitating, it can be effectively managed through a variety of methods. There is growing evidence that low-impact, slow motion exercise is an essential tool in relieving arthritic pain and fatigue.
On Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, University of Tennessee Extension – Sevier County, will be offering an Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program. While the 4-week program is designed for people with arthritis to reduce pain and stiffness, help maintain or improve mobility, muscle strength, memory, and balance, individuals of all ages and mobility levels can benefit from this low impact course. Classes will be held every Tuesday, beginning October 25 and ending November 15, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the UT Extension Office, 752 Old Knoxville Highway, near the Sevier County Fairgrounds. The cost of the 4-week course is $20. Participants will learn 12 basic movements so it is important to attend each session.
For more information or to sign up for the program, please contact Linda Hyder, UT Extension at 865-453-3695 or [email protected].
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