Recent Study Shows Tai Chi Beats Aerobic Exercise for Fibromyalgia Treatment
Dr. Chenchen Wang proposed to conduct the first comparative effectiveness trial of Tai Chi vs. aerobic exercise (a recommended component of the current standard of care) and to evaluate effectiveness under different Tai Chi dosing schedules in a large FM population. They aimed to demonstrate that, compared to aerobic exercise, Tai Chi is a more effective intervention for managing the pain and improving the functional limitations that impact quality of life for FM patients, and determine the optimal frequency and duration of a supervised Tai Chi intervention in relation to short and long-term effectiveness. To achieve this goal, they conducted a single-blind, randomized controlled trial of Tai Chi vs. aerobic exercise in 216 patients who meet the American College of Rheumatology criteria for FM. Patients will be randomized to one of four Tai Chi intervention groups: 12 or 24 weeks of supervised Tai Chi given once or twice per week, or a supervised aerobic exercise control: 2x/week for 24 weeks. All groups will have a 52-week follow-up. The primary outcome will be the FM Impact Questionnaire total score at 24 weeks. Secondary outcomes include the measures of widespread pain, functional performance, psychological functioning, self-efficacy, sleep quality, and quality of life at 12, 24, and 52 weeks.
Tai Chi May Slow Bone-Density Loss in Postmenopausal Women
In a study by Dr. Ling Qin of Chinese University of Hong Kong - Tai Chi has shown positive results in slowing bone-density loss in postmenopausal women. The study has shown no harm done by repeated physical activity- and a significant slowing of bone density loss compared to control patients. This was the first study of its kind- and although more study needs to be done- these results show great promise.
Numerous Studies Show Tai Chi may slow or halt the advance of Osteoporosis
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.
Tai Chi and Postural Stability in Patients with Parkinson's Disease
Tai chi, a balance-based exercise, has been shown to improve strength, balance, and physical function and to prevent falls in older adults. Two pilot studies suggest that it may also improve axial symptoms of Parkinson's disease, such as postural stability.
The Effect of Tai Chi Training on Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Healthy Adults
Currently, the increasing data from clinical trials and exercise intervention studies found that Tai Chi (TC) exercise associated with the improvement of Cardiorespiratory Fitness (CRF) in both healthy people and patients with chronic diseases. For example, some studies indicated that TC training with low to moderate intensity is of great positive importance on outcomes of CRF including the oxygen uptake, O2 pulse, ventilatory efficiency, lung function, blood pressure, aerobic endurance and exercise capacity. The results from a meta-analysis and its update suggested that Tai Chi might be effective in improving the aerobic capacity of CRF outcomes among sedentary adults with over 55 years old, whereas another previous systematic review found no significant differences. Furthermore those previous review or meta-analysis did not involve in other outcomes of CRF. Therefore the convincing evidence of Tai Chi on improving CRF in the general healthy population or patients with chronic diseases was yet unclear. To our knowledge, no systematic reviews have evaluated the effect of Tai Chi exercise on the outcomes of CRF in healthy adults. We therefore designed this systematic review to investigate the effectiveness and safety of Tai Chi exercise on the outcomes of CRF in healthy adults.
Tai Chi May Alleviate Cardiovascular Risk In Women
A unique psychoneuroimmunology (PNI)–based biobehavioral model of cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been developed wherein modifiable risk factors related to stress and inflammatory processes are hypothesized to influence the eventual development of CVD in women. Building on their prior research,1,2 the current study examined the effects of a specific tai chi (TC) intervention designed to reduce stress-related psychosocial and inflammatory risk factors in women with early indicators of CVD risk. In a sample of 63 premenopausal women with abdominal adiposity who had a family history of CVD, the intervention was tested by using a wait-list, pretest-posttest design with repeated measures of potential indicators of intervention effectiveness derived from the research model. Ultimately, the goal of this line of research is to expand knowledge about potential mechanisms underlying evolving CVD risk in women that may lead to effective strategies for reducing risk at earlier points in the CVD trajectory.
Over the past decade, evidence from epidemiological studies and clinical trials has demonstrated a positive association between physical fitness and psychological health. Numerous studies have shown that physical activity and exercise as well as mind-body practice reduce morbidity and mortality for coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes and osteoporosis, and improve the psychological status of the general population. Their previous investigations have shown that Tai Chi has potential benefits in treating a variety of chronic conditions. Significant improvement has been reported in balance, strength, flexibility, cardiovascular and respiratory function, as well as pain reduction and improved quality of life.
Tai Chi Shows Substantial Benefits in a Wide Array of Medical Studies
A substantial body of published research has examined the health benefits of Tai Chi (also called Taiji) a traditional Chinese wellness practice. In addition, a strong body of research is also emerging for Qigong, an even more ancient traditional Chinese wellness practice that has similar characteristics to Tai Chi. Qigong and Tai Chi have been proposed, along with Yoga and Pranayama from India, to constitute a unique category or type of exercise referred to currently as meditative movement. These two forms of meditative movement, Qigong and Tai Chi, are close relatives having shared theoretical roots, common operational components, and similar links to the wellness and health promoting aspects of traditional Chinese medicine. They are nearly identical in practical application in the health enhancement context and share much overlap in what traditional Chinese medicine describes as the “three regulations”: body focus (posture and movement), breath focus, and mind focus (meditative components).
Tai Chi to Aid in Restful Sleep For Sufferers of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Epidemiological studies have demonstrated that physically active individuals have a lower risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) compared with the less physically active individuals.5 Furthermore, interest in exercise training has been rapidly increasing in patients with OSA. According to the summary results of a meta-analysis6 exploring this topic, exercise training in patients with OSA significantly reduces the apnea–hypopnea index (AHI) and provides a significant improvement in sleep quality and daytime sleepiness independent of body mass index (BMI). This suggests the possible role of exercise in the treatment of sleep apnea. In previous studies, long-term TC exercises were shown to positively affect physical function, exercise capacity, and psychological status, as well as support, in the treatment of chronic diseases.20 However, there appear to have been very few studies that have explored the effects of tai chi and qigong (TCQ) training in patients with OSA.
Tai Chi Proven to Aid Elderly with Metabolic Disease
Different modalities of moderate physical exercise have been proposed as adjuvants for the prevention and control of MetS alterations in older adults, considering the decrease of OxS and chronic inflammation, among which, the practice of Tai chi (TC) is one of the more recommended forms of exercise. Their research group has identified antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of the practice of TC exercise in healthy older adults. A beneficial effect of this physical exercise on OxS has also been reported in healthy young women and diabetic adults. However, we do not know the effect of TC on OxS and proinflammatory markers in older adults with MetS. For this reason, the purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effect of TC exercise on OxS and inflammatory markers in older adults with MetS.
Tai Chi Chuan to Improve Quality of Life in Patients With Total Knee Replacement
Postoperative rehabilitation plays an indispensable role for a successful total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and the optimal exercises programs are not known. A single-center, single-blind, randomized controlled trial was designed to explore whether tai chi chuan (TCC) exercises can improve the functional outcomes and the quality of life (QOL) in patients with primary TKA due to knee osteoarthritis (OA).
Tai Chi Improves Motor Function & Balance in Autistic Children
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is related to a dysfunction of central nervous system that most frequently appears at the age of three years old. There is no certain cure for this disorder; however, decreasing complications can produce positive life changes. Increasing physical activity is an appealing method for reducing behavioral disorders in ASD. Since Tai Chi Chuan training improves focus, attention to internal cues and balance, it seems to be an effective system for autistic children.
Efficacy of Tai Chi on Pain, Stiffness and Function in Patients with Osteoarthritis
Some published clinical trials of Tai Chi (TC) in patients with Osteoarthritis (OA) have shown inconsistent results for pain, stiffness, and physical function. To the best of their knowledge, the previous systematic review (SR) suggested that the evidence is insufficient to support TC reduction of pain or improvement of physical function, and the latest SR suggested that TC may be effective for controlling pain and improving physical function in patients with knee OA.
Short-form Tai Chi improves standing balance of people with chronic stroke
Previous studies on Tai Chi demonstrated that experienced Tai Chi practitioners had better knee joint proprioception and standing balance than control subjects similar in age and activity level. Tai Chi practitioners have shown improved control of voluntary weight-shifting, better balance in perturbed stance under visual- or vestibular-challenged conditions, as well as better balance in perturbed single-leg stance. Other investigators have shown that long-term practice of Tai Chi can reduce the risk of falls. Even 4 weeks of intensive daily Tai Chi practice can be sufficient to improve the standing balance in healthy elderly subjects, as opposed to the 4 to 10 weeks of exercise programs for stroke survivors mentioned above. This study was, therefore, designed to examine the effects of a 12-week community-based training of a short-form of Tai Chi on standing balance control after stroke.
Managing cardiovascular risks with Tai Chi in people with coronary artery disease
Many eligible patients with coronary artery disease do not participate in programs for cardiovascular risk management, mainly because of lack of motivation, high cost or limited accessibility. Tai Chi has been introduced by health professionals to promote cardiovascular functioning and quality of life.
Tai Chi exercise is more effective than brisk walking in reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors among adults with hypertension
Physical inactivity is a major modifiable lifestyle risk factor associated with cardiovascular disease. Tai Chi is a safe and popular form of physical activity among older adults, yet direct comparisons are lacking between Tai Chi and brisk walking in their ability to reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors and improve psychosocial well-being.
Effectiveness of Tai Chi exercise in improving aerobic capacity
The effect of Tai Chi exercise on aerobic capacity is important to know if clinicians want to recommend Tai Chi as an alternative form of aerobic exercise. The majority of the published studies examining cardiorespiratory responses to Tai Chi exercise by measuring aerobic capacity have small sample sizes. A meta-analysis involves the integration of several studies with small or large sample sizes, enabling the investigator to summarize the research results into useful clinical information. Therefore, the purpose of this meta-analysis was to estimate the extent to which Tai Chi exercise affects aerobic capacity.
The Effects of Tai Chi on Depression, Anxiety, and Psychological Well-being
Tai chi is a form of mind–body exercise that originated from China. It combines Chinese martial arts and meditative movements that promote balance and healing of the mind and body, involving a series of slowly performed, dance-like postures that flow into one another. As it comprises mental concentration, physical balance, muscle relaxation, and relaxed breathing, tai chi shows great potential for becoming widely integrated into the prevention and rehabilitation of a number of medical and psychological conditions.
Tai Chi Chuan improves functional capacity after myocardial infarction
Patients with a recent myocardial infarction (MI) present a reduction in functional capacity expressed as a decrease in peak oxygen consumption (Vo2 peak). The impact of a Tai Chi cardiac rehabilitation program for patients recovering from recent MI has yet to be assessed. Tai Chi practice was associated with an increase in Vo2 peak in patients with a recent MI and may constitute an effective form of cardiac rehabilitation in this patient population.
Effect of Tai Chi on Cognitive Performance in Older Adults
Prior studies support the potential of Tai Chi to attenuate age-related declines in cardiovascular disease, balance, and emotional well-being. Importantly, these studies also suggest that Tai Chi is safe for older adults and an enjoyable activity with the potential for long-term adherence and exercise maintenance. Individual studies have reported on cognitive outcomes in different populations, but to our knowledge, there has not been a comprehensive systematic review examining Tai Chi’s impact on age-related cognitive decline in older adults. Our objective was to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of research examining Tai Chi as an intervention to attenuate age-related cognitive decline across the spectrum from normal cognition to dementia. Other than Tai Chi, there were no limitations concerning the type or number of comparison groups included in each study or any restrictions on study type or design.
Tai chi chuan for the primary prevention of stroke in middle-aged and elderly adults
Tai Chi (TC) is a suitable exercise for people with different ages, different physical and health conditions, because it is easily accessible and of low cost, and can be easily implemented in the community setting. As an exercise for promoting health, TC has been practiced for hundreds of years in China and is gradually acceptable in the West countries. A systematic review indicated that intensive TC exercise shown some favorable effects on improving general cardiorespiratory fitness and its functional status, and was potentially beneficial for cardiovascular disease of elderly population. A substantial amount of studies reported that TC was efficient to control many risk factors of stroke, but there has not been a comprehensive systematic review to examine the primary preventive effect of TC for stroke. The objective of the current study was to attempt to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of the existing studies on TC exercise as an intervention for the primary prevention of stroke in middle-aged and elderly adults to draw more useful conclusions about the safety and efficacy of TC in preventing stroke, and to offer recommendations for future research.
Effect of Tai Chi exercise on the physical and mental health of the elder patients suffered from anxiety disorder
Elder anxiety is a common mental disease of the elderly and the disease is related to their physical and mental characteristics, family environment and social background and other factors. At present, the treatment for anxiety combines psychological counseling and drug therapy in which the psychological therapy is the main one. This study showed that when elderly patients suffering from anxiety disorder are treated with Tai Chi exercise in addition to the drug therapy, their effect is more significant than those who only are treated by the drug. Also, if the patients are only treated by the drug, their disease is easy to reoccur after curing. However, if they choose Tai Chi exercise, the recurrence rate is low. Suggestion: Tai Chi, the simple and easy exercise, is suitable for the old people to practice and it can significantly improve the anxiety of the elder patients with anxiety disorder and exercise positive effect on the physical and psychological health, therefore, it is worthy of clinical application and promotion.
Tai Chi Combined With Resistance Training for Adults Aged 50 Years and Older
Despite Tai Chi and resistance training being recommended as suitable exercise for older adults, there are no systematic reviews synthesizing the effectiveness of a combination of Tai Chi and resistance training on health promotion of older adults.
Tai Chi for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain
Tai chi is recommended for musculoskeletal conditions. Systematic reviews have identified psychological therapies, multidisciplinary therapies, and exercise therapy as being effective treatments for reducing disability. Tai chi has been endorsed as a safe and beneficial form of exercise therapy for people with musculoskeletal pain by several advocate groups, such as the Arthritis Foundation.
Impact of Tai Chi Training on Physical/Mental Health Among Those at Risk for Ischemic Stroke
Ischemic strokes occur when the arteries to the brain become narrowed or blocked, causing severely reduced blood flow. Evidence from quantitative studies suggest that Tai Chi produces a variety of health-related benefits, but few qualitative studies have investigated how older adults perceive the benefit of Tai Chi.
Feasibility and outcome of an individualized Tai Chi program for improving balance and strength in the elderly
Traditional Tai Chi is too complex for most elderly individuals. There have been few reports regarding the development of simplified Tai Chi programs to suit the physical needs of elderly adults. However, these programs were not individualized according to the participants' balance control abilities.
Tai chi chuan exercises improve functional outcomes and quality of life in patients with primary total knee arthroplasty due to knee osteoarthritis
This study showed that Tai Chi exercises can improve the functional outcomes and the quality of life for patients with total knee replacement. Tai Chi exercises had no negative side effects on patients with TKA. The results demonstrated Tai Chi to be a new form of postoperative rehabilitation exercises for patients with TKA.
A randomized, prospective study of the effects of Tai Chi Chun exercise on bone mineral density in postmenopausal women
This study investigated low-impact weight-bearing TCC exercise as a technique for preventing bone loss in postmenopausal women. Although the BMD measurement results show the expected generalized bone loss at all skeletal sites in both the TCC and control groups, 12 months of a supervised TCC exercise training intervention revealed some beneficial effects in delay of bone loss, with a significantly reduced rate of bone loss in both trabecular and cortical compartments of distal tibia. Similar findings have been reported in previously. Level of physical activity reduces with advancing age in older persons and such inactivity accelerates bone loss. The most probable explanation for the beneficial effects of TCC exercise on reducing bone loss found in our study may be attributed to the TCC exercise intervention and its association with a more active lifestyle.
The Effectiveness of a Virtual Reality-Based Tai Chi Exercise on Cognitive and Physical Function in Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment
Tai Chi (TC) is a Chinese mind-body exercise with proven physical and psychological benefits. A modified TC via virtual reality (VR) may be suitable for the elderly owing to the immediate guidance and feedback regarding movement accuracy.
Functional benefits of tai chi training in senior housing facilities
Aging is often associated with multiple functional impairments that are characteristic of frailty and may diminish the ability to adapt to common stressors in daily life. This study compared 12-weeks of Tai Chi training to an education attention-control intervention with cross-over to Tai Chi, for their effects on physical function and dual task walking in adults over the age of 70 and living within supportive housing facilities. The results showed that twelve weeks of Tai Chi training improved physical function, balance and walking in very old adults living within supportive housing communities. Training sessions were well-attended and did not lead to adverse events. Tai Chi training may therefore be a safe, inexpensive and feasible therapeutic option to help maintain functional independence within vulnerable individuals of advanced age.
A comprehensive review of health benefits of qigong and tai chi
A substantial body of published research has examined the health benefits of Tai Chi (also called Taiji) a traditional Chinese wellness practice. In addition, a strong body of research is also emerging for Qigong, an even more ancient traditional Chinese wellness practice that has similar characteristics to Tai Chi. These two forms of meditative movement, Qigong and Tai Chi, are close relatives having shared theoretical roots, common operational components, and similar links to the wellness and health promoting aspects of traditional Chinese medicine. They are nearly identical in practical application in the health enhancement context and share much overlap in what traditional Chinese medicine describes as the “three regulations”: body focus (posture and movement), breath focus, and mind focus (meditative components).
Effects of a 6-month Tai Chi Qigong program on arterial hemodynamics and functional aerobic capacity in survivors of nasopharyngeal cancer
Survivors of nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) often sustain cardiovascular complications after conventional cancer treatments. Tai Chi (TC) Qigong training may be a viable way to improve peripheral circulatory status and aerobic capacity in this population.
Tai Chi effects on neuropsychological, emotional, and physical functioning following cancer treatment
Lung cancer is still the deadliest cancer in the world, with approximately 80% of the cases being non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Despite progress in the lung cancer treatment over the past two decades, 5-year survival rate following the conventional approaches still remains low, estimated in the range of 5-20%. Clearly, there is still an unmet medical need for new alternative therapies that demonstrate efficacy in lung cancer treatment with less associated toxicity than chemotherapy. Tai Chi is commonly described as mind-body practice and recently has been evaluated as a possible therapeutic strategy or a complementary and alternative medicine for distinct health concerns.
Hypoglycemic and antioxidant effect of Tai chi exercise training in older adults with metabolic syndrome
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of Tai chi (TC) exercise training in healthy older adults has been demonstrated. However, there are no studies on this effect in older adults with metabolic syndrome (MetS). Some chronic diseases of high prevalence in the elderly, such as diabetes mellitus type 2, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease have been linked with MetS, in addition to accelerated aging and fragility.
Lung cancer is still the deadliest cancer in the world, with approximately 80% of the cases being non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) . Despite progress in the lung cancer treatment over the past two decades, 5-year survival rate following the conventional approaches still remains low, estimated in the range of 5-20% . Clearly, there is still an unmet medical need for new alternative therapies that demonstrate efficacy in lung cancer treatment with less associated toxicity than chemotherapy. Tai Chi is commonly described as mind-body practice and recently has been evaluated as a possible therapeutic strategy or a complementary and alternative medicine for distinct health concerns
Tai Chi is Effective in Treating Knee Osteoarthritis
This study was conducted as a 12-week RCT with 1-year follow-up to test the effects of Tai Chi on pain (a marker of disease activity), functional independence (a marker of impairment), and health-related quality of life in elderly people with knee OA.
Effects of Tai Chi Exercise on Pain, Balance, Muscle Strength, and Perceived Difficulties in Physical Functioning in Older Women with Osteoarthritis
Older women with Osteoarthritis that have been directed to a lower level of exercise are suggested to Tai Chi. Tai chi is proven a safe exercise and has shown improvements with older women with Osteoarthritis.
Efficacy of Tai Chi on Pain, Stiffness and Function in Patients with Osteoarthritis
Recent studies have evaluated the role of Tai Chi (TC), which enhances balance, strength, flexibility, and self-efficacy, and decreases pain and stiffness in various patients with chronic conditions. TC is a potential option for the management of Osteoarthritis (OA) and is superior to other forms of rehabilitation for elders because it involves a series of gentle fluid movements reputedly good for maintaining mobility and gradually improves muscle strength and range of motion without exacerbating arthritic symptoms. Growing evidence suggests that TC may reduce arthritic symptoms and/or improve physical function in patients with OA.
Tai Chi Exercise for the Quality of Life in a Perimenopausal Women Organization
Improvement of the quality of life in perimenopausal women has recently become an important global health issue. Extensive research reports provide evidence of Tai Chi for the quality of life, but no systematic review has individually investigated Tai Chi as a main intervention on the quality of life in perimenopausal women.
Does Postural Awareness Contribute to Exercise-Induced Improvements in Neck Pain Intensity?
Previous research has found that Tai Chi and neck exercises significantly improved chronic nonspecific neck pain; however, the factors for treatment success remain unclear. This study aimed to examine the results of Tai Chi on patients with neck pain.
Improvement of Balance Control Ability and Flexibility in the Elderly Tai Chi Practitioners
Falls are the main cause of accidental death in elderly people, which is associated with their balance control ability and flexibility. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of TCC on the balance control and flexibility of the older adults.
Tai Chi exercise and the improvement of mental and physical health among college students
Physical exercise has positive effects on the body as well as on the mind. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of Tai Chi exercise on college students' perceptions of their physical and mental health.
The Impact of Tai Chi Exercise on Self-Efficacy, Social Support, and Empowerment in Heart Failure
Chronic heart failure is a clinical syndrome and the common end pathway of many cardiovascular diseases such as coronary artery disease and hypertension. It affects over 5 million people in the US, and is the most common hospitalization diagnosis among the Medicare population, costing an estimated $32 billion per year.While pharmaceuticals and medical devices have improved patient lives, many continue to suffer and the natural course of disease is progressively debilitating.With a growing appreciation for patient-centered outcomes, and recognition that patient experience is just as important as physiological tests and measurements, many studies have utilized mixed methods, combining both quantitative and qualitative data for a more comprehensive assessment. In this context a qualitative sub-study was utilized to expand upon the quantitative clinical trial data.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, inflammatory and systemic disease which affects the musculoskeletal system. Exercise programmes are reported to improve physical functioning in patients with RA. Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese martial art which combines slow and gentle movements with mental focus.
Tai chi for well-being of breast cancer survivors with aromatase inhibitor-associated arthralgias
Arthralgia (joint pain) is common and debilitating for a significant proportion of breast cancer survivors (BCSs) and leads to poor adherence to aromatase inhibitors (AIs). Despite increased recognition of the negative impact of arthralgia on function and the poor adherence that results, very few interventions have been developed to target this side effect.
Effects of tai chi on physiology, balance and quality of life in patients with type 2 diabetes
A review of research into the effects of tai chi for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus was carried out. The results indicate that tai chi is favourable in improving outcomes in some areas, e.g. fasting plasma glucose, glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c), total cholesterol, balance, and quality of life.
Tai Chi Shows Substantial Effects in Pain Relief, Functional Capacity, and Psychological Well-Being In Female Patients With Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic diffuse pain condition that probably results from abnormal central pain processing. It has been suggested that a nonextenuating physical exercise, mind-body exercise, and some type of relaxation therapies can increase pain tolerance, producing a global improvement in the quality of life of FM patients. This study shows that Tai-Chi exercise is potentially a useful therapy for women with FM. The main finding is that a 28-week Tai-Chi training improved pain and functional capacity. The effects of Tai-Chi training were evident on symptomatology, depression, quality of life, active coping, self-esteem, and self-efficacy.
Adapting Tai Chi for Upper Limb Rehabilitation Post Stroke
The objective of this study was to explore the feasibility of tai chi for upper limb rehabilitation post stoke and its influencing factors. This study suggests that tai chi was feasible for upper limb rehabilitation post stroke after having been adapted to hemiparesis of stroke survivors. Participants with varied characteristics, including a severely impaired upper limb, poor balance, shoulder pain, severe spasticity, high medical comorbidity burden, and the elderly were capable of practicing their selected adapted tai chi movements. Moreover, the adapted tai chi was well accepted by participants. Eleven participants attended all 16 sessions and practiced more than recommended at home even in the follow-up month.
Tai Chi Shows Substantial Benefits for Osteoarthritic Knee Pain in Elders With Cognative Impairment
The prevalence of OA in elders with cognitive impairment is comparable to that in elders without cognitive impairment. The knee is particularly affected because it is a major weight-bearing joint. Pharmacological interventions for OA knee pain have shown limited efficacy, and in elders they can produce side effects such as impaired concentration, agitation, increased risk of hypertension and hip fracture, and decreased renal function. Because of the pain, elders with knee OA tend to avoid activity, including land-based exercise such as walking and running. This was the first study to explore TC's effects on pain in elders with cognitive impairment and knee OA. Scores on the VDS and observed pain behaviors were significantly better with the TC group than the control group at post-test. Further, the beneficial effects of TC were not associated with cognitive ability. These group comparisons suggest that 20 weeks of TC practice led to significant reductions in OA knee pain in cognitively impaired elders.
Tai Chi Shown to Restore Joint Mobility and Restful Sleep in Nasopharyngeal Cancer Survivors
To manage the adverse effects of NPC and the side effects of conventional cancer treatment, many survivors turn to complementary and alternative medicines such as Tai Chi (TC) and/or Qigong. This study aimed to (1) investigate the effects of TC Qigong training on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), cervical and shoulder joint mobility and sleep problems of NPC survivors and (2) explore the relationship between upper body joint mobility and sleep problems if any significant changes in these outcomes were demonstrated after the TC Qigong training. Participants in the TC Qigong training showed improvement in bilateral cervical side flexion. Trismus is a common problem in NPC survivors and is associated with reduced nutrition, speaking difficulty and compromised oral hygiene. This study showed that TC Qigong training was able to attenuate the deterioration in mouth opening capacity among NPC survivors. Sleep disturbance started to decrease after 6 months of the TC Qigong training and continued to decrease during the no-training follow-up period
Recent Study Shows Tai Chi Is Safe And Effective At Managing Parkinsons Alongside Medication
heir primary finding was that Tai Chi plus medication resulted in significantly greater benefit in terms of general motor symptoms, balance, mobility, and stride length, with few adverse events (AE). Rigidity is one of the main manifestations of PD, leading to impairments in postural stability, balance and gait performance, and these symptoms do not respond well to either first-line or sub-optimal medications. The movements of Tai Chi include weight shift, body rotation, slow strides and single-leg standing in different positions, requiring delicate joint control with muscle co-ordination; therefore Tai Chi possibly trains postural stability and balance. This suggests that the combination of Tai Chi and medications may be optimal for PD patients who are partially insensitive to the pharmacologic treatment alone, especially if they have poor mobility and balance.
Tai Chi Shown To Be Effective for Cancer-Related Fatigue in Patients With Lung Cancer Undergoing Chemotherapy
CRF is commonly found in patients with cancer. Even in early-stage non–small cell lung cancer survivors, the prevalence of CRF is 57%. Our randomized controlled intervention trial found that the Tai Chi group had a lower MFSI-SF total score compared with the control group at six- and 12-week follow-up. The results showed Tai Chi was an effective intervention for managing CRF in patients with lung cancer undergoing chemotherapy.
Tai Chi Shown To Enhance Quality of Life in Patients With Chronic Illnesses
One of the characters of chronic illness is life-long condition with the deterioration in health related quality of life. Tai Chi has become a popular mind-body exercise and self-management strategy for patients with chronic conditions regarding its various physical and psychological effects.
Study Shows Tai Chi is Beneficial for Patients With Chronic Systolic Heart Failure
Their findings support those of prior studies of tai chi that also reported improvements in quality of life, mood (decrease in anxiety and enhancement in vigor), and exercise self-efficacy in other patient populations, including those with cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular risk factors. Because chronic systolic HF is a progressive and debilitating condition, the importance of beneficially affecting patient-perceived quality of life is increasingly appreciated. We observed large, clinically significant changes in quality of life in this study, similar to or even greater than what has been seen with cardiac resynchronization therapy. In addition, given the relationship between depression and HF, improvement in mood in this population is also highly relevant.
Tai Chi Shown to Improve Balance and Ankle Proprioception in The Elderly
Although many studies have confirmed the effects of tai chi exercise on balance control for the elderly, little effort has been devoted to determining the underlying mechanism. Some studies have shown that diminished proprioception is a major contributing factor to falls in the elderly. It is very important for old people to retain this ability. All forms of tai chi emphasize conscious awareness of body position and movement, which seem to contain the characteristics of proprioceptive exercise. This study was designed to investigate the proprioception of ankle and knee joints in elderly long term tai chi practitioners, long term swimmers/runners, and sedentary controls.
Tai Chi Shown Beneficial For The Physical Health of Elderly Adults Living in Long-Term Care Facilities
Studies support the positive effects that Tai Chi has on the physical health of older adults. However, many older adults residing in long-term care facilities feel too weak to practice traditional Tai Chi, and a more simplified style is preferred.
Tai Chi for older adults with chronic multisite pain
Chronic pain is associated with poorer cognition and mobility, and fall risk in older adults. In this study, participants who completed a 12 week Tai Chi program experienced significantly lower pain severity and pain interference. They also reported a reduced fear of falling and an improvement in gait.
Tai Chi Shows Quality of Life Enhancements for Patients With Renal Disease
Previous studies have shown that exercise training in patients with end-stage renal disease could improve their physical functioning and quality of life. Improvement in Kidney Disease Quality of Life and physical function was observed in patients on hemodialysis with Tai Chi training.
Qigong Shows Health Benefits For Cancer Patients Undergoing Treatment
Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide. Mind-body interventions are widely used by cancer patients to reduce symptoms and cope better with disease- and treatment-related symptoms. In the last decade, many clinical controlled trials of qigong/tai chi as a cancer treatment have emerged.
Tai Chi Shows Substantial Quality of Life Improvements For Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis
Today, despite remarkable advances in the care of hemodialysis patients, the quality of life (QOL) for these patients is still unsatisfactory. Although previous reports confirmed the effect of exercise on the well-being of renal patients, less than 50% of end-stage kidney patients participate in a regular sports program. Tai chi is a slow and gentle exercise that is suitable for people with chronic illnesses and those with severe intolerance of exercise.
Tai Chi improves pain and functional status in adults with rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a serious health problem resulting in significant morbidity and disability. Tai Chi may be beneficial to patients with RA as a result of effects on muscle strength and 'mind-body' interactions.
Tai Chi Reduces Both Risk of Falls- and Fear of Falling in Elderly Practitioners
Falling and fear of falling are among the most common problems of the elderly, which can cause illness, isolation, dependency and reduced quality of life. Performing Tai Chi is recommended to reduce their fear of falling.
Tai Chi Improves Lung Function, Exercise Capacity and Diaphragm Strength In Patients With COPD
Although the benefits of exercise on the health of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have been widely reported, the effect of Tai Chi as an alternative exercise has not been thoroughly evaluated in patients with COPD.
Tai Chi improves Postural Stability In Patients With Parkinson's Disease
Patients with Parkinson's disease have substantially impaired balance, leading to diminished functional ability and an increased risk of falling. Although exercise is routinely encouraged by health care providers, few programs have been proven effective.
Tai Chi Is a Safe Alternative to Cardiac Rehabilitation for Patients With Coronary Heart Disease
More than 60% of patients decline participation in cardiac rehabilitation after a myocardial infarction. Options to improve physical activity (PA) and other risk factors in these high-risk individuals are limited. No study has, to date, evaluated whether tai chi could be offered as an alternative exercise option for patients who declined enrollment in Cardiac Rehabilitation. In preparation for a future large efficacy trial, they conducted a phase 2 study to determine which dose of tai chi is most feasible, acceptable, and safe.
Qigong & Tai Chi For Breast Cancer Survivors Shows Promise in New Study
Many breast cancer survivors experience symptoms well past the treatment stage that affect quality of life. Symptoms such as fatigue, depression and anxiety can lead to weight gain due to an inactive life style and emotional eating. Exercise which centers on Meditative Movement, such as Tai Chi and Qigong, has shown promising results. These practices, which focus on breathing and relaxation, are low impact with low to moderate aerobic exertion. Participants in the study were found to improve significantly in both physical and mental health with some improving their BMI score. The results lead researchers to believe that these methods bridge the gap between inactivity and becoming physically active and thus improve quality of life.
Effects of Tai Chi on balance and fall prevention in Parkinson's disease
Patients with Parkinson's disease who had experienced falls were placed in a 12 week Tai Chi program. The study group showed improvement in balance at the end of the study and fewer falls during the 6-month follow-up than the control group.
Tai Chi as an adjunct physical activity for adults aged 45 years and older enrolled in phase III cardiac rehabilitation
A growing body of evidence examining Tai Chi exercise research in non-CHD populations (e.g. community-dwelling older adults) indicates significant improvements in physical, cognitive and psychosocial functioning. Tai Chi has been safely performed by adults with a variety of chronic diseases including osteoarthritis, multiple scoliosis, and chronic heart failure. To date, there are only 2 published studies on the effects of Tai Chi among cardiac rehabilitation subjects and only hemodynamic status and aerobic endurance were examined. It has been reported that Tai Chi subjects had significant improvements in aerobic endurance, compared to subjects in a walking program.
The Effect of Tai Chi on Cardiorespiratory Fitness for Coronary Disease Rehabilitation
Cardiac rehabilitation has a 55-year-old development history, and meta-analyses show that exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation can reduce all-cause fatality rate by 8–37% and reduce cardiac fatality rates by 7–38% in patients with coronary disease. Tai Chi is a proven aerobic exercise with low-to-moderate intensity, which likely also has potential benefits in Cardiac Rehabilitation.
Tai Chi Shown to Improve Lung Function, Exercise Capacity, & Quality of Life in Patients With COPD
Although several studies have assessed the effect of Tai Chi in management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), these studies have a wide sample variation and convey inconclusive results. This study was set up to evaluate Tai Chi and its effect on patients with COPD.
The Effects of Tai Chi on Cardiovascular Risk in Women
Tai chi is a feasible and acceptable moving meditation practice that appears to decrease fatigue and may decrease inflammatory signaling. Additionally, it can increase mindfulness, spirituality, and self-compassion.
Tai Chi Improves Sleep Quality in Healthy Adults and Patients with Chronic Conditions
From their review and meta-analysis, they understand that Tai Chi has been useful in treating insomnia and improving sleep quality in both adults and the elderly population, in both healthy people and people with chronic medical problems, as well as in people from different countries. Insomnia causes many negative health and economic outcomes and it is prevalent as both a solitary condition and as co-morbidity in a variety of other diseases. Therefore, it is important to explore an inexpensive and effective way, such as Tai Chi, to treat insomnia and to improve sleep quantity and quality in various populations.
Effects of tai chi exercise on posturography, gait, physical function and quality of life in postmenopausal women with osteopenia
Sixty-one elderly women with low bone mass participated a study evaluating the effects of Tai chi on physical function and quality of life. After 24 weeks, the Tai chi group demonstrated improvement in stride width, general health, vitality and bodily pain and quality of life.
The Influence of Tai Chi Exercise on Proprioception in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis
Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is an increasing problem in the elderly population, resulting in pain, functional limitations, disability, reduced quality of life, and substantial direct and hidden healthcare costs. Proprioception - or the perception of limb position in space - is critical to the preservation of joint stability. Impaired proprioception may play a role in the progression of knee OA by causing abnormal stresses on the knee joint. Tai Chi, with an emphasis on balance, muscle strengthening and the integration of the mind and body, may be an ideal proprioceptive exercise for older individuals with knee OA. Their findings suggest that Tai Chi may be beneficial for knee proprioception in patients with severe knee OA at a 30 degree test angle immediately following 12 weeks of practice.
Tai Chi Shown to Reduce Blood Pressure in Elderly Breast Cancer Survivors
Older cancer survivors are a vulnerable population due to an increased risk for chronic diseases (e.g., cardiovascular disease) compounded with treatment late-effects and declines in physical functioning. Therefore, interventions that reduce chronic disease risk factors (i.e., blood pressure, chronic inflammation, and cortisol) are important in this population. Tai chi is a mind-body exercise associated with reductions in chronic disease risk factors, but has not been examined with older cancer survivors.
The Effect of Psychosocial Status After a 12-week Tai Chi Programme
Regular participation in physical activity is associated with protection against cardiovascular disease, and improvements in physical and psychological health. Increasing amounts of scientific evidence suggests that mind-body exercise, such as Tai Chi, are related to improvements in mental health, emotional well-being, and stress reduction. No prior study has examined the effect of a Tai Chi exercise intervention on psychosocial status among people with cardiovascular disease risk factors.
Tai Chi Improves Physical Fitness, Perceived Health, and Blood Pressure in Elderly Patients
Many community-dwelling elderly people living in Vinh city engage in Tai Chi. However, there has been no comprehensive systematic study carried out on long-term physical function and perceived health as well as fall efficacy effects of Tai Chi in Vietnam. Their study was to investigate and examine the effects of Tai Chi on physical fitness, perceived health, blood pressure, and fall efficacy for the elderly. From these results, they may promote more people to engage in Tai Chi.
Tai Chi Shows Benefits For Patients With Cardiovascular Conditions & Risk Factors
To date, there have been no comprehensive systematic reviews examining the use of tai chi specifically in patients with cardiovascular conditions, and very little is known about what is published in the Chinese language. Their objective was to conduct a systematic review of the Chinese and English language literature on tai chi exercise as an intervention for patients with cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular risk factors, and to offer recommendations for future research.
Tai Chi Improves Short-Term Memory & Cognitive Function in The Early Stages of Dementia
Given the lack of consensus on the efficacy of pharmacological approaches and the emphasis on behavioral-focused treatments in the clinical setting, there has been growing interest in behavioral interventions, such as Tai Chi. The purpose of this systematic review is to examine intervention studies using Tai Chi in the early stages of dementia to determine the effectiveness of Tai Chi to improve short-term cognitive function.
Effect of Tai Chi on Patients with Lumbar Muscle Strain
The chronic lumbar muscle strain, a dynamo-static damage, is induced by the lumbar muscle fatigue. Its etiology can be traced to the following factors, for example, poor postures, lumbar and back muscle and fascia strain because of engaging in bending and load-bearing labor for a long time, failure to treat timely, correctly and thoroughly after acute injury, congenital malformation and invasion of wind-cold damp pathogen. For this reason, it intends to treat the patients in the observation group by the auricular plaster therapy in addition to Tai Chi exercise in this study. It is found that the combination therapy shows an obvious curative effect and it is reported as follows.
Tai Chi Improves Motor Function & Balance In Patients With Parkinson's Disease
In the last decade, exercise interventions, as assisting pharmacological treatments of Parkinson's Disease (PD), showed desirable effects on improving balance, gait, and overall functional status of individuals with mild to moderate PD through experience-dependent neuroplasticity. A large number of basic researches have also reported that exercises promoted cell proliferation and neuronal differentiation in animal models of PD. Tai Chi, as a mind-body exercise consisting of proper breathing and slow controlled movements, has shown beneficial effects on improving muscle strength, balance, and motor function in older adults. It has been listed by the National Parkinson Foundation of the United States as one of the exercises to be beneficial for related clinical symptoms of PD. However, the studies of Tai Chi for PD reported conflicting results. Reported significant improvements in balance, functional capacity, and falls after Tai Chi exercise. In contrast, reported that Tai Chi was ineffective on either improving gait dysfunction or reducing Parkinson disability. Therefore, the aim of this systematic review is to summarize and evaluate the evidence on the effectiveness of Tai Chi for PD. And the meta-analyses of Tai Chi for PD were conducted especially on motor function, balance, gait, and quality of life in individuals with PD. Therefore, the aim of this systematic review is to summarize and evaluate the evidence on the effectiveness of Tai Chi for PD. And the meta-analyses of Tai Chi for PD were conducted especially on motor function, balance, gait, and quality of life in individuals with PD.
Tai Chi Improves Physical Ability and Outlook In Patients With Chronic Diseases
Tai Chi is practiced as an exercise to promote good health, memory, concentration, digestion, balance, and flexibility and is also thought to improve psychological conditions such as anxiety, depression, and declines associated with aging and inactivity. It is also practiced to improve quality of life. However, despite its popularity, the biological mechanism and clinical effects of Tai Chi are not well understood. The purpose of this systematic review is to summarize the studies that have examined the effect of Tai Chi on patients with a variety of chronic conditions and to identify and describe the limitations and biases of these published clinical studies.
Tai Chi Improves Balance & Reduces Fall Risk In Elderly Adults
A number of interventions, including adaptation and modification of home environment, exercise, medication modification and vitamin D supplementation, have been applied for preventing falls. Tai Chi is a traditional systematic calisthenics exercise widely practiced in China. Tai Chi has been shown to be effective in improving balance, proprioception, muscle strength and endurance, therefore it may be beneficial for preventing falls among the elderly. To date, the preventive effect of Tai Chi has been evaluated by a number of randomized controlled trials (RCTs); however, their findings were inconsistent. Although some authors have synthesized the results of the related original trials, these secondary studies might miss some trials and some recently published RCTs were not included. Moreover, the preventive effect of Tai Chi may vary with Tai Chi style, exercise dose, exercise duration and time of follow-up, but the preventive effect in these subgroups was unclear. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of Tai Chi for preventing falls in older adults by updating the latest trial evidence. The secondary aim was to explore the association between the effectiveness and potential influential factors including Tai Chi frequency, total exercise time, follow-up time, falling risk at enrollment and type of Tai Chi.
Effects of Tai Chi Exercise on Reducing Falls and Improving Balance Performance in Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disorder that may increase the risk of falls, functional limitation, and balance deficits. Tai Chi was used as an option for improving balance in people with PD.
Tai Chi Reduces Insomnia In Breast Cancer Survivors
This study sought to determine whether Tai Chi might reduce systemic, cellular, and genomic markers of inflammation from baseline to postintervention within the context of a randomized, relative efficacy trial of Tai Chi versus cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I); sleep outcomes are to be reported separately once the 1-year follow-up is complete. It is thought that Tai Chi targets stress pathways that activate inflammation, whereas CBT-I targets sleep behaviors. Hence, Tai Chi is hypothesized to result in greater reduction of markers of inflammation and inflammatory gene expression as compared with CBT-I in the immediate postintervention period in breast cancer survivors with insomnia, who by virtue of comorbid sleep disturbance are at risk for having increases in inflammation.
Cardiovascular disease is a common health problem resulting from many factors, including dyslipidemia. Tai chi is one of the interventions assigned to improve lipid profiles and other physical outcomes. However, conflicting results might be attributed to different study designs and interventional approaches.