Tai Chi Makes Parkinson’s Patients Steadier on Feet, Study Says (Bloomberg News)
Source: Bloomberg News
Dr. Andrew Feigin, Director, Experimental Therapeutics Unit, Susan and Leonard Feinstein Center for Neurosciences, discusses how the Chinese martial art of tai chi helps patients with mild-to-moderate Parkinson's disease improve their balance.
Patients who did tai chi twice a week for six months had improvement in steadiness that was 2.5 times greater than those who engaged in resistance training and 4 times greater than those who did only stretching exercise, according to research published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Doctors recommend exercise for patients with Parkinson’s disease, a brain disorder that causes trembling, stiffness and balance impairment and increases the risk of falls, the authors wrote. Tai chi, known for its series of exact postures that flow one into the next, requires concentration and weight shifting that may have extra benefits for those with mild to moderate Parkinson’s, said lead study author Fuzhong Li.
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