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Tai CHi

Tai Chi is a form of exercise that has been shown to be helpful for people with Parkinson's. Tai Chi dates back to the 8th century. It is thought to integrate balance and coordination with body awareness and mental attention training. The origins of Tai Chi aren't super clear, but what about the research around effectiveness in PD? Let's find out.






What is Tai Chi?

A relaxing, meditative, and non-competitive form of exercise that includes four principles:

  1. Dao Yin: Gently stretches that help warm up our joints, muscles, ligaments, and other parts of our body.

  2. Chi Kung: Synchronized breathing that helps strengthen and balance our body's energy. Chi Kung also helps with concentration and stress.

  3. Tai Chi Chuan: Movements performed in a slow and relaxed manner. This is also known as the "Form." This may last for 5-20 minutes and is a form of moving meditation.

  4. Push-hands practice: Partner exercises designed to help learn the philosophy of Tai Chi.



Is it effective?

Multiple studies have shown the following effects

  1. Improvements in Parkinson’s related motor symptoms, balance and mobility as well as a reduced number of falls.

  2.  Significantly reduces depression.

  3. Improves bradykinesia.

  4. Prolongs the improvements in motor and non-motor symptoms comprehensively.

  5. Tai Chi may have the potential to delay the progression of the disease


Some studies have shown that is does not show a benefit for quality of life and functional mobility.




Where can you find Tai Chi classes?

Specific for Parkinson's

Online Classes


Not specific for Parkinson's

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


Albany

Outdoor and Online Classes


Tai Chi for arthritis and fall prevention





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