In a comprehensive review by Dr Tze Ho Chow of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, numerous unlinked studies on the effects of Tai Chi on the advancement of Osteoporosis show that Tai Chi displays substantial benefits. Out of 9 studies reviewed, 5 of showed significant benefits of Tai Chi, only 3 showed nonsignificant improvement- and only one showed no correlation. Furthermore, Tze Ho Chow commented that the 5 studies that showed significant improvement all had longer study durations- suggesting the benefits may take time to set in.
A literature search was conducted using PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane databases from inception to January 2017. Randomized controlled studies, case-control trials, prospective cohort studies, and cross-sectional studies which evaluated the effect of TCC on BMD were selected without any subject or language restriction.
Nine articles met the inclusion criteria, including seven randomized controlled trials (RCTs), one case-control trial (CCT), and one cross-sectional study, encompassing a total of 1222 participants.
Chow, Tsz Ho, et al. “The Effect of Chinese Martial Arts Tai Chi Chuan on Prevention of Osteoporosis: A Systematic Review.” Journal of Orthopaedic Translation, Chinese Speaking Orthopaedic Society, 26 June 2017, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5866477/.
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