Breast cancer survivors take tai chi to reduce pain
Feb 6, 2012
Paul Pickens of Linwood, New Jersey, believes that he can help those with breast cancer reduce their pain by participating in a tai chi class twice a week. The attendees didn't think they would be able to pick up on the moves as fast as they did, but now they are enjoying the 8-week long class, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
"Tai chi is very gentle on the body," Pickens told the news source. "I teach it as a healing exercise. We are looking for stress reduction, improved balance and more flexibility."
The participants are asked to write down their experiences with the exercise class to see if it helps with any pain, the media outlet reports.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. It is recommended that once a woman turns 40, she schedules annual mammograms to ensure that she does not have the disease. Those who have a genetic disposition or a known risk factor for the disease may want to schedule these appointments earlier.