Tai Chi for long-term low back pain

The primary aim of the research project is to establish whether tai chi exercise is more effective than usual care in the management of long-term low back pain.

While current research shows tai chi to have positive effects on pain and disability for chronic conditions such as arthritis there has been no scientific evaluation of its use in the treatment of back pain. This study will be the first trial in this area and the information on its effectiveness will allow patients, clinicians and treatment funders to make informed choices about this treatment.


This will be a randomised controlled clinical trial conducted in the community.


Recruitment commenced in June 2008. This study is currently recruiting subjects. If you have moderate low back pain for three months or more and would like to be involved please contact Amanda Hall.