An Aquatic Tai Chi Program Improves Balance and Reduces Falls October 24, 2016 - Falls are associated with morbidity, loss of independence, and mortality. While land-based group exercise and Tai Chi programs reduce the risk of falls, aquatic therapy may allow patients to complete balance exercises with less pain and fear of falling; however, limited data exist. Ai Chi is a water-based total body strengthening and relaxation progression that bridges East and West philosophies, and integrates mental, physical, and spiritual energy. It combines Tai Chi concepts with Shiatsu and Watsu techniques, and is performed standing in shoulder-d

What Most Tai Chi Studies Improving Balance Didn't tell you October 24, 2016 - The Journal of American Geriatrics Society reported an evaluation instrument developed by University of Connecticut to determine to what extent Tai Chi interventions aimed at improving the balance of older adults disclosed their exercise prescription (Ex Rx) and instructional methods and met best-practice exercise recommendations for balance improvement. Three electronic databases were searched to identify randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of Tai Chi interventions aimed at improving balance in older adults without severe debilitating diseases. Three

Seated Tai Chi Helps Older People in Wheelchairs with Mood States and self-Efficacy September 16, 2016 - A recent randomized controlled trial by Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia and Dayeh University in Taiwan sought to compare the effects of seated Tai Chi exercise and usual standard activities on mood states and self-efficacy in older people living in a long-term care facility and using wheelchairs for mobilization. Sixty participants from a long-term-care facility in Taiwan were randomly assigned by a computer-generated random sequence to a Tai Chi group or a usual exercise and entertainment activities group. The Tai Chi group performe

Implementing an Evidence-Based Fall Prevention Program in Senior Centers September 26, 2016 - The September, 2016 issue of American Journal of Public Health reported a project that evaluated the effectiveness of implementing an evidence-based fall prevention intervention in community senior centers. This joint project among Oregon Research Institute, Willamette University in Salem, OR and Oregon Medical Group used a single-group design to evaluate the Tai Chi Chuan: Moving for Better Balance program's adoption, population reach, implementation, effectiveness, and maintenance among 36 senior centers in 4 Oregon counties between 2012 and 2016.

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