Tai chi and qigong are forms of mind-body exercise and meditation that may help with symptoms of cancer and side effects of treatments.
Safety and precautions
These practices are generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. Tai chi and qigong movements are low impact, putting minimal stress on muscles and joints. Because tai chi involves very little risk and is associated with improved cancer symptoms and quality of life, many practitioners are comfortable recommending it for people with cancer.
A few medical conditions may require caution; check with your healthcare professional before beginning tai chi or qigong if you have any of these situations:
- Joint problems
- Back pain
- Severe osteoporosis