A Study of Tai Chi for Arthritis Helping CVA

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A Study of Tai Chi for Arthritis Helping CVA

A Summary of Short-form Tai Chi Improves Standing Balance of People With Chronic Stroke
Used with permission from: www.taichiproductions.com /Dr. Paul Lam
By Dr. Paul Lam

Published in Neurorehabilitation and Neuro Repair, Volume 20, Number 10, January 7 2009
Authors Stephanie S. Y. Au-Yeung, PhD, Christina W. Y. Hui-Chan, PhD, and Jervis C. S. Tang, MSW

All subjects were six months or more post-stroke. Over a twelve week period tai chi for people with chronic conditions in New Zealand 2008a control group of 62 subjects performed general exercise, and a further 74 subjects received training in Tai Chi for Arthritis. The subjects were tested for improved balance and reaction after six weeks, twelve weeks (conclusion of training) and eighteen weeks (six weeks post study).

Results showed that the tai chi group improved their reaction times on the non-affected side, and this was still noticeable six weeks after the study concluded.

This result supports the idea that regular practice of short-form Tai Chi for 6 to 12 weeks improves standing balance in people with chronic stroke. With its lasting effect beyond the training period, such short-form Tai Chi might be applied in community rehabilitation programs for patients who have adequate sensory motor function and learning ability to safely participate.

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• Tai Chi for Arthritis study published in the Journal of Rheumatology Sept 2003
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• Tai Chi for Fall Prevention published by Advaned Nursing Journal 2005

References
Fransen M, Nairn L, Winstanley J, Lam P, Edmonds J : Physical activity for osteoarthritis management: a randomized controlled clinical trial evaluating hydrotherapy or Tai chi classes Arthritis & Rheumatism (Arthritis Care & Research) April 2007, 57:3 pp 407-414.

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