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Parkinson’s Disease and Tai Chi: Bringing Balance to Body & Mind

Summary and excerpts from:
The New England Journal of Medicine | Wellness: Tai Chi and Postural Stability in Patients with Parkinson's Disease

Tai chi appears to be effective as a stand-alone behavioral intervention and is more beneficial than low-intensity, low-impact exercise programs to improve postural stability and functional ability in people with Parkinson's disease.

Benefits of Tai Chi for those with Parkinson’s Disease:

  • Promotes conscious awareness of movement and actions (beneficial since automatic motions are affected by Parkinson’s)
  • Increases awareness of proper body alignment/posture
  • Improves balance with reduced fall risk (supported by numerous studies)
  • Enhances flexibility
  • Affords a greater sense of well-being
  • Offers relaxation which can help to lessen Parkinson’s symptoms (tremor, rigidity) or manage medication side effects such as dyskinesia
  • Improves breath support and control
  • Helps to build healthy bones through weight-bearing activities (important in fighting osteoporosis)
  • Increases strength, especially in core muscles (abdominals, hips and back)
Read More:
Tai Chi and Postural Stability in Patients with Parkinson's Disease (The New England Journal of Medicine)

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