January 6, 2014 | Posted in:Clinical Studies, Vestibular Research

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 previous.

Excerpted from the Abstract:

Our knowledge and experience in TCC training led us to the hypothesis that TCC can be used in rehabilitation of brain injury because of its pertinent characteristics. First, its slow and gradual practice promotes the development of muscle tone, control, and muscular strength, thus reducing abnormal hypertonicity and improving muscle weakness. The slowness of practice prevents damage because the patient and trainer can foresee a wrong posture and correct it. Second, falls may be prevented by TCC’s promotion of kinesthetic sense, balance, and coordination. These attributes also improve performance of daily tasks, and expand the patient’s abilities. Third, the patient takes an active part in the rehabilitation process within a holistic framework that approaches the patient as a whole, physical, and mental being. TCC’s complexity increases interest and motivation in rehabilitation programs, as reported by Channer et al.2 Fourth, TCC therapy is performed in a relaxed, quiet, and concentrated atmosphere with an emphasis on awareness of the inside and outside worlds. This setting has a mood stabilizing effect and reduces mental stress and frustration, which commonly accompany the rehabilitation process, as was shown by Brown et al3 and Jin.4 Fifth, TCC complex movements can accelerate neural reorganization, thus promoting recovery.

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