Tai Chi Chuan practice as a tool for rehabilitation of severe head trauma: 3 Case reports

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Note: This is a study with exceptional results. Participants began treatment while seated or lying down, and gradually increased Tai Chi activity to regain completely independent movement. Great care was taken to ensure the methods were learned slowly and correctly, and each step built upon the…

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Tai Chi boosts immunity to shingles virus in older adults, NIH-sponsored study reports

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(NIH, National Institute on Aging) – Tai Chi alone was found to increase participants’ immunity to varicella as much as the vaccine typically produces in 30- to 40-year-old adults, and Tai Chi combined with the vaccine produced a significantly higher level of immunity, about a 40 percent increase, over that produced by the vaccine alone. The study further showed that the Tai Chi group’s rate of increase in immunity over the course of the 25-week study was double that of the health education (control) group. The Tai Chi and health education groups’ VZV immunity had been similar when the study began.

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Tai Chi Chih acutely decreases sympathetic nervous system activity in older adults.

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This study is the first to our knowledge to assess the acute effects of TCC practice on sympathetic activity in older adults. TCC performance led to acute decreases in sympathetic activity, which could not be explained by physical activity alone. Further study is needed to determine whether the acute salutary effects of TCC on autonomic functioning are sustained with ongoing practice in older adults.

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Cancer-Related Stress and Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Review

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(University of Rochester Medical Center) – Tai Chi Chuan as an intervention may provide benefits to cancer survivors related to physical deconditioning, cardiovascular disease risk, and psychological stress. In a randomized, controlled clinical trial conducted by Mustian et al., women who completed treatment for breast cancer and received TCC demonstrated significant improvements in functional capacity, aerobic capacity, muscular strength and flexibility, self-esteem, bone health, immune function, and QOL.

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Complementary use of tai chi chih augments escitalopram treatment of geriatric depression: a randomized controlled trial.

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(UCLA) - Subjects in the escitalopram and Tai Chi Chih condition were more likely to show greater reduction of depressive symptoms and to achieve a depression remission as compared with those receiving escitalopram and HE. Subjects in the escitalopram and TCC condition also showed significantly greater improvements in 36-Item Short Form Health Survey physical functioning and cognitive tests and a decline in the inflammatory marker, C-reactive protein, compared with the control group.

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Tai Chi and vestibular rehabilitation improve vestibulopathic gait via different neuromuscular mechanisms: Preliminary report

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(University of New Brunswick) – The TC group significantly increased ankle MEE contribution and decreased hip MEE contribution to total leg MEE, while no significant changes were found within the VR group. The TC group exhibited a positive relationship between change in leg MEE and change in trunk velocity peak and range, while the VR group exhibited a negative relationship. The TC group's improvements were associated with reorganized lower extremity neuromuscular patterns, which appear to promote a faster gait and reduced excessive hip compensation. Read More...

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Tai Chi and vestibular rehabilitation effects on gaze and whole-body stability.

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(University of New Brunswick) – These findings suggest that VR and TC both benefit patients with VSP but via differing mechanisms. Moreover, these data are the first to test the assumption that improving gaze control among patients with VSP perforce improves postural stability: it does not. We conclude that GZS is most improved in those who receive VR, but that TC improves WBS and FFS without improving GZS, suggesting patients with VSP can rely on non-gaze related mechanisms to improve postural control.

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University of Maryland Medical Center – Tai Chi

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(University of Maryland Medical Center) – Tai chi has 3 major components -- movement, meditation, and deep breathing. Movement -- All of the major muscle groups and joints are needed for the slow, gentle movements in tai chi. Tai chi improves balance, agility, strength, flexibility

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A Randomized Trial of Tai Chi for Fibromyalgia

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(The New England Journal of Medicine) – Tai chi is a mind–body practice that originated in China as a martial art. It combines meditation with slow, gentle, graceful movements, as well as deep breathing and relaxation, to move vital energy (or qi) throughout the body. It is considered a complex,

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The Health Benefits of Tai Chi

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(Harvard Medical School) – “A growing body of carefully conducted research is building a compelling case for tai chi as an adjunct to standard medical treatment for the prevention and rehabilitation of many conditions commonly associated with age,” says Peter M. Wayne, assistant…

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