Why Stroke Survivors Should Consider This Chinese Remedy.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) February 16, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a health breakthrough finding that tai chi may reduce falls among stroke survivors, while also helping to improve overall well-being.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/why-stroke-survivors-should-consider-this-chinese-remedy) notes, tai chi is a form of qigong, which is a martial art that is more of a soft, gentle dance meant to be meditative and bring the body’s qi in line. Its slow physical movements are blended with mental concentration and focused breathing.
As the article “Why Stroke Survivors Should Consider This Chinese Remedy” reports, after a stroke, people can have difficulty finding and maintaining their balance. Stroke survivors experience seven-times as many falls every year as healthy adults. Falls can range from minor inconveniences to serious events. Bone fractures and hospitalizations can result. However, tai chi has significantly reduced falls in healthy older adults.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article states that the study recruited 89 stroke survivors, averaging the age of 70, who had suffered their cardiac incidents an average of three years prior to the study. Thirty of them practiced tai chi, while the remainder underwent typical care. Tai chi consisted of a one-hour exercise class, three times a week for 12 weeks. Others received weekly phone calls, written material about community-based physical activity and, for some, exercise.
The article reports that after three months, there were 34 reported falls, generally from slipping or tripping. Just five of them occurred in the tai chi group. This is solid evidence, though suggestive, that tai chi may be a great way to gain balance even after a life-altering health event, such as a stroke.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes by noting that tai chi can effectively improve balance, which is an important factor in preventing falls. Overall, tai chi led to better balance and improved strength, flexibility, and aerobic endurance. The psychosocial part of it arises with less depression, anxiety, and stress, and better quality of life.
(SOURCE: “Tai Chi exercise may reduce falls in adult stroke survivors,” American Heart Association, February 6, 2013.)
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