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Tai Chi Knee Pain: Which Is the Better Cure - Reiki or Yoga?

Updated on January 20, 2015
Tai Chi Can Give You a Tai Chi Knee - a Condition Much Helped With Reiki And Cured With Yoga
Tai Chi Can Give You a Tai Chi Knee - a Condition Much Helped With Reiki And Cured With Yoga | Source

Tai Chi Can Cause Knee Pain

One of the most difficult things I've done is learning Tai Chi. My master would tell me that he was glad I didn't have three legs! Out of the six students who had signed up for classes, only I hung on. I was told this ancient Chinese exercise with martial roots was superior to yoga which I have practised for many years (in hindsight, I dont think any form of exercise is superior to yoga). I even learnt Qui Gong along with Tai Chi. Once I mastered the rather complicated movements of the short form, it was a joy to do, much like dancing, only much, much slower. I never missed a session and would do half an hour of Tai Chi and qui gong every day.

My balance improved considerably. I learnt to breathe from my belly instead of my chest, which I was told was the ideal way to breathe. I stood straighter.

However, a year later I developed slight pains in my right knee which wouldn't allow me to fold my legs beneath me a stance required for my prayers . I knew the pain was Tai Chi related because the short form focuses on the right side of the body. I checked my stance. Was I bending my knee too much? I wasn't. My excellent and ever watchful master would have caught my mistake.

Knee Pain is a Common Problem

If you do some research online, you'll discover that the Tai Chi Knee is pretty common. Lots of Tai Chi practitioners suffer from it. A lot of people suffer from knee pain whether caused by Tai Chi or something else. And finding a cure isn't easy.

Herbs and the Migun Jade Therapy Bed Fail to Lessen the Pain of a Tai Chi Knee

I stopped my Tai Chi right away. I tried a herbal treatment where I would make a gummy cold paste of a resin and the white of an egg, You had to keep your knee straight or the egg in the paste would pinch your skin once it dried. It didnt help.

I tried applying the infra-red heat from my new Migun Jade Therapy bed to my knee. It helped to an extent, but then the pain would return.

Osteopenia and Knee Pain

I got the calcium levels in my blood checked, discovered that they were pretty low and started with calcium supplements. I had my entire bod checked for bone density and found I had osteopenia which at age 55 wasnt a surprise. My left forearm was prone to fractures. I thought, well at least its not my knee.

But nothing helped. I then resorted to Reiki. It had cured a donkeys shattered gangrenous leg and made the bone grow back. Why couldn't it help my knee?

Reiki Temporarily Cures Knee Pain

I began treating my knee with Reiki for about 15 minutes every morning. In about 4 days, the pain abated and I could deep kneel in prayer again. When the discomfort returned after a couple of days, I went back to the Reiki and once again, the pain went away in a couple of days. Since then about a month now I have continued with the Reiki and there's been no more pain.

Yoga Is The Best Cure For A Tai Chi Knee
Yoga Is The Best Cure For A Tai Chi Knee | Source

Before Doing Tai Chi, Strengthen Your Ankles

Much later, a Japanese practitioner of acupressure techniques told me that people who learn Tai Chi in Japan spend ages strengthening their ankles before they even begin with the Tai Chi. No wonder I developed knee pain.

She also revealed that at an invisible energy level, the exercises (and Qi Gong too) can attract and trap unwanted energies. The famous Qi Gong exercise, Circle Walking for instance, can create an energy vortex in the centre which can attract negative entities. That's something nobody speaks about. Perhaps no one is aware of it. I'm glad I learnt about it.

The Yoga Bible

Yoga - Best Cure For a Tai Chi Knee

However, the pain did sneak back in. In a fit of desperation I turned to my Yoga which I had practised for many years and then stopped when I started Tai Chi. Just a week of Yoga and the pain vanished - never to return. In fact, I didn't have any trouble doing exercises that required bending of the knees. I was amazed. I continue with my Yoga.

Check out 8 Yoga Poses For Knee Pain.

WebMD on Yoga for Pain Relief

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.

Easy Exercises and Yoga Asanas For Knee Pain Relief From Baba Ramdev

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      Anita Saran 2 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Thank you janshares! It's wonderful to find just the right info for you, isn't it? I hope you will try yoga. I'm doing yoga seriously for the past 4-5 months now - with a yoga master. So while I almost always did yoga, now I'm doing it correctly. In the past a yoga teacher had shown me some asanas once and those I did for all those years that followed. It's best to have a master who can check your posture etc. regularly.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      This article is informative and right on time for me, Anita. I've been practicing tai chi and qi gong for many years. I am currently in physical therapy for knee pain, and a problem with my right ankle. I have "tai chi knees" but the right one is the worse. Everything you've shared resonates with me. It's so divine that I found this hub at this moment. I will consider yoga once I complete my physical therapy. Thank you, namaste.

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      Anita Saran 3 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Thank you! I can swear by Yoga - a panacea for all discomforts.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      It is very impressive that you have seriously engaged in tai chi, yoga, qugong and the like. Thanks for the tip that nothing beats yoga. Some people are too old to do all these sports to find out what's best, but you have done the work for them. Great hub.