In an effort to decrease drug dependency, VA is actively exploring alternative forms of therapy to help Veterans ease pain and trauma. Most VA hospitals today offer some form of alternative treatment, such as yoga, mindfulness and art therapy. Recently, VA awarded a grant to a medical anthropologist at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, to expand his Tai Chi therapy program designed for patients in wheelchairs. The program focuses on breathing and mindfulness techniques paired with light physical motions. Guo teaches classes in Chattanooga and Murfreesboro, TN, and is training VA instructors in Florida, Texas, Utah and Arizona. In addition to improved physical health, Guo believes Tai Chi may prove beneficial for reducing the symptoms of mental health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “When you have a good amount of body harmony, people tend to engage in proactive life, so that helps with all kinds of symptoms” he says.
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