ChiWalking follows the same principles taken from tai chi as ChiRunning and all of our instructors teach ChiWalking either as standalone workshops and/or 121s. ChiWalking is also the foundation of all ChiRunning workshops.

A new project by Deepak Kumar, assistant professor of physical therapy and athletic training at Boston University in the US, has set up a project to see if the mindful practice of ChiWalking could help people with knee osteoarthritis walk without further damaging their joints and not aggravating their condition further.

In an early clinical trial at the University of California, San Francisco, Kumar witnessed the positive biomechanical differences in runners that utilised the ChiRunning technique. This inspired Kumar to study the ChiWalking technique in relation to osteoarthritis. He discovered it also reduced impact on lower extremities, particularly the knees.

 With a grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, Kumar has begun the ChiWalking project to further explore how ChiWalking can help people with knee osteoarthritis. 

“If Kumar’s ChiWalking studies are successful, it could provide hope for the millions of people experiencing symptomatic knee osteoarthritis.” Andrew Thurston, Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences – Read the full post

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