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Archive for the 'Tai Chi' Category

Reducing the rate and risk of falling

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Approximately 30% of people over 65 years of age living in the community fall each year.

This Cochrane review updates what we know. (more…)

Tai chi benefits in Parkinson’s disease

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Patients with Parkinson’s disease have impaired balance, which affects function and increases the risk of falling. Exercise is routinely encouraged by healthcare providers, but few programs have been proven effective.

Researchers at the Oregon Research Institute, in Eugene, studied whether a tailored tai chi program could improve postural control in patients with Parkinson’s disease. (more…)

Complementary treatments for osteoarthritis

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Former Medical Director, of the Rosenthal Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine, at Columbia University Medical Center, in New York City, Dr. James Dillard, reviewed the evidence.

Here’s what we know. (more…)

Reviewing the reviews of tai chi

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Prof. Ernst and a colleague critically evaluated the systematic reviews of tai chi for any improvement of medical conditions or clinical symptoms. (more…)

Review of CAM for fibromyalgia

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Most people suffering from fibromyalgia use a variety of complementary or alternative medicine treatments to manage their symptoms.

Prof. Ernst has updated his review of the CAM options from a year ago. (more…)

Improvement in back pain with tai chi

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Researchers at the University of Sydney, in New South Wales, Australia, determined the effect of tai chi exercise on persistent low back pain. (more…)

Tai chi for heart failure patients

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Preliminary evidence suggests that meditative exercise may have benefits for patients with chronic systolic heart failure

Researchers in Boston, Massachusetts, investigated whether tai chi, in addition to standard care, improves functional capacity and quality of life in these patients. (more…)

Benefits of tai chi in patients with kidney disease

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Researchers at Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital, in Hong Kong, China, studied patients with end-stage kidney disease — complete, or almost complete failure of the kidneys to function.

The hardest part is maintaining commitment. (more…)

CAM for insomnia?

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

It’s probably one of the most popular uses of CAM.

Researchers in Australia reviewed the evidence. (more…)

A well-designed study of qigong in type 2 diabetes

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Past studies have been criticized because of poor study design, according to Prof. Ernst.

Researchers from Bastyr University tighten up the design and report their results. (more…)

Comparing exercise programs in people with osteoarthritis

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Reduced aerobic capacity in people osteoarthritis of the lower limbs affects independence and the ability to perform everyday activities.

Researchers at Universidad de Extremadura, in Spain, reviewed exercise programs and the ability to perform activities require sustained aerobic metabolism. (more…)

Lower your risk of falling

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

A multifactorial fall-risk assessment including a fall history, physical exam, gait and balance evaluation, and environmental assessment is recommended for all older adults who have fallen or have a problem with gait or balance, according to Dr. Sara Bradley, assistant professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City. (more…)

Adding tai chi improves antidepressant drug therapy

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

During the New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit Meeting, researchers at David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, reported that adding tai chi to escitalopram (Lexapro, Cipralex, Seroplex) treatment further reduced the severity of depression. (more…)

The Arthritis Foundation’s tai chi program

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

During the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine reported (abstract 698) the results of the largest study to date of the Arthritis Foundation’s Tai Chi program. (more…)

Exercise? Yes, but which one for osteoarthritis?

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

There’s a growing recognition of the importance of physical exercise to reduce pain in knee and hip joints.

Researchers at Universidad de Extremadura, in Spain, compared the effectiveness of exercise programs on pain in patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis. (more…)

Tai chi improves low balance confidence

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Fear of falling may lead to activity restriction that is self-imposed rather than due to actual physical impairments.

Researchers in Canada and Israel reviewed CAM treatment options. (more…)

Tai chi and the risk of cognitive decline

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong have reported the interim findings of the effects of a mind body physical exercise (tai chi) on cognitive function in Chinese people at risk of cognitive decline. (more…)

Long-term benefits of exercise on fall prevention in the elderly

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Home-based exercises are effective, according to researchers in Finland. (more…)

Improving effectiveness of tai chi to prevent falls

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Researchers at the University of Vermont, in Burlington, compared 3 different options. (more…)

Fibromyalgia after 4 months of tai chi

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Researchers in Spain and Sweden measured the response to the effects of 4 month of tai chi in men with fibromyalgia. (more…)