Tai Chi & people recovering from stroke

 

GetFitNow by Michael O'Shea
Better Balance with Tai Chi
ACCORDING TO NEW research, patients who have suffered a stroke may be able to regain some of their lost balance by practicing Tai Chi, a form of Chinese martial arts. Tai Chi involves slow, rhythmic movements that are circular, flowing, and low-impact.  It is sometimes called" moving meditation," because you do it while breathing deeply, which helps to balance your mind and body. 
 
Thai Chi could help patients after a stroke.
 
Scientists from the University of Illinois at Chicago found that people who learned Tai Chi after having a stroke showed significant when tested on their ability to maintain balance while shifting weight, leaning in different directions, and standing on movable surfaces (as on a bus).  Their progress was evident after only six weeks of training with a physical therapist in weekly Tai Chi classes and practicing by themselves at home.  Done regularly, Tai Chi can reduce the risk of falls and injury.  It also may improve circulation, flexibility, posture, blood pressure, and heart rate as well as ease pain, reduce stress, increase energy, and prevent osteoporosis. One study even shows benefits in people with fibromyalgia.  Free or affordable classes are taught at many local Ys and community centers.
 
(Source:  PARADE,  MAY'3, 2009,  PAGE13)

 

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