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Product Description

Tai Chi for Back Pain
Relieve pain and restore ability to work and play.
Duration: 120 mins.

Designed to relieve back pain, restore the ability to work and play, improve health and quality of life, this program will also help people in wheelchairs and with other medical conditions. This Tai Chi set is adapted from Tai Chi for Arthritis with additional material and different approach of teaching.

Tai Chi is a gentle exercise shown by many scientific studies to relieve pain, strengthen muscles, improve stamina, blood circulation, balance and relaxation.

There are numerous forms of tai chi, most of them are challenging to learn. This program is easy to learn and places special emphasis on strengthening the deep stabilizing muscles of the back. It contains adaptations for people with other chronic disabilities. The program aims at helping you cope better with daily tasks, as well as improving your mental and physical health. No prior knowledge of tai chi is necessary.

According to new medical findings, the deep muscles close to the spine stabilize and protect the spine. Strengthening these muscles will reduce pain and improve physical function.

We begin with an introduction of tai chi followed by information on back pain provided by a panel of medical experts: Dr Ashish Diwan, Chief of Spine Service from the University of NSW; Dr Klaus Stelter, an experienced family physician and Trish Wisbey-Roth, a manipulative and sports physiotherapist, and the physiotherapist for the Australian Olympic team in 1996, 2000 and 2004.

This program will be divided into 8 lessons. Depending on your physical ability and time available, you can learn each lesson in one or several sittings. If you are unable or uncomfortable to do the full extent of the movements, simply do what you can and visualize the full extent.

Lesson 1 - stationary
Warm up, stretching and cooling exercises
Qigong exercises:
1. The Posture of Infinity
2. The Posture of Tai Chi
3. The Posture of Opening and Closing
Movement 1. Commencement

Lesson 2 - stationary
Qigong exercises:
4. The Posture of Yin Yang Harmony
Movement 2 - Opening and Closing Hands
Movement 3 - Single Whip

Lesson 3 - stationary
Movement 4 - Waving Hands in the Cloud.
Movement 5 - Opening and Closing Hands
Movement 6 - Closing
Both sides of the six movements

Lesson 4 - moving
Warm up, stretching and cooling exercises
Qigong exercises
Both sides of the six movements

Lesson 5 - moving
Advanced movement 1 - Brush Knee
Advanced movement 2 - Playing the Lute

Lesson 6 - moving
Advanced movement 3 - Parry and Punch

Lesson 7 - moving
Advanced movement 4 - Apparent close up
Advanced movement 5 - Pushing the Mountain
Advanced movement 6 - Opening and Closing

Lesson 8 - moving
Both sides of the six advanced movements

Demonstration - both sides of the complete 12 movements
Front on
Back on


"...I have experienced the following benefits by practicing the Tai Chi for Arthritis programme:
1. A heightened sense of spirituality and peace
2. A deep relaxation, which helps to control the physiological responses to stress.
3. Increased energy level, and sense of well being.
4. Increased Postural awareness, re-education and coordination of postural muscles.
5. Functional retraining of posture and core stability. I have found that Tai chi for Arthritis is excellent in training these elements in a weight bearing routine that is non- stressful exercise for the spine.
6. Increased balance and coordination
7. The fact that the Tai Chi for Arthritis programme is specifically designed for arthritis is very beneficial. It is modified to avoid movements that would be potentially aggravating for compromised joints, including the spine. Thus I was able to do this programme when other forms of Qi Gong practice were inappropriate for my condition.

For me, practicing Tai chi gives me a greater sense of body awareness..."
Margaret Mack, Canada

"...certainly TCA"s emphasis on "tail tucked in" has made a tremendous difference to the almost constant low level back pain I have experienced for 30 years or more. The pain caused difficulty particularly when I was standing for more than a few minutes at the kitchen sink, the laundry tubs, the supermarket checkout, and when I was on my feet for more than a couple of hours shopping, housekeeping, etc. Now I know that being aware of "tail tucked in" will alleviate my discomfit when I have slipped back into my old posture habits.

Most of the time now I am doing it automatically. "Tail tucked in" also strengthens the pelvic floor muscles, so that"s a real bonus. I expect that "tail tucked in" alsovalleviates uneven wear on my hip joints and knees and perhaps will preservevthem from excessive wear.

Thank you for your commitment to your work and for bringing Tai Chi health to so many people..."
Margaret Gaff, Australia

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  1. Very helpful 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Jan 2016

    I had a very strong back pain and decided to use this DVD. Since it was the first time I was watching it and practicing the exercises (and since I am just starting Tai Chi) I only did the first 2 lectures. It helped me really a lot. I went from barely moving to being able to drive, walk, stand properly and meet with friends. I used it again afterwards and helped me even more. It is easy to follow, well explained and very relaxing.

  2. Tai Chi for Back Pain 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Jun 2015

    After using diferent DVDs from the Library I found that the Tai Chi for Back Pain was the one that was the easiest for me to do, it is so easy to follow and I can do each lesson for as long/short as I can manage. Thank you Dr Lam

  3. Tai Chi for Back Pain 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Apr 2013

    I am very happy with the Tai Chi for Back Pain DVD. Very informative.

  4. Great exercise 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Feb 2013

    I have an old back injury and I find this dvd a great help for keeping my back free of pain.

  5. Dr Lam is a genius! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Apr 2012

    I Went to my local library to see what they had on back pain. Lo and behold I found Tai Chi for back on DVD. Tried it out yesterday and today. Wow!! can't believe how this has eased the pinching down my leg. Slow smooth movements, redirecting my mind from my pain. I finally found something that works for me. I'm so happy right now because I feel there's hope for me yet. Dr Lam is a genius. To be able to reach out beyond the call of your daily work to help others who are in pain, makes you special in my book. Thank you.