Tai Chi Eases Parkinson's Symptoms

Practicing the meditative Chinese martial art tai chi may help alleviate Parkinson’s symptoms. This has been reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. It showed that tai chi and resistance training might  help with certain aspects of the disease. The interventions were practiced twice a week for an hour each time.

Following twenty four weeks of this training regimen, the research team found that those in the tai chi group had improved strength, balance, reach, and control of movement. The resistance training group had some gains, but the gains were not as large as the tai chi group. Both the tai chi group and the resistance training group experienced fewer falls.

A recent study in Age Ageing demonstrated that tai chi can improve balance and proprioception in visually impaired adults over 70. Tai chi has been proven to be effective for pain management as well. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that  tai chi may lessen the degree of pain in those suffering from fibromyalgia. Another study showed that tai chi can lessen lower back pain.

If you are interested in finding a tai chi class, you may want to try the list at the World Tai Chi Day website