Tai Chi and Postural Stability in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

According to the New England Journal of Medicine (9.2.2012), tai chi training appears to reduce balance impairments in patients with mild-to moderate Parkinson’s disease, with additional benefits of improved functional capacity and reduced falls.

The tai chi group also performed better than the stretching group in all secondary outcomes and outperformed the resistance training group in stride length and functional reach.

Tai chi lowered the incidence of falls as compared with stretching. The effects of tai chi training were maintained at 3 months after the intervention.

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