Tai Chi in stroke rehab
Tai Chi is a form of exercise that incorporates slow, rhythmical movements and poses with focused breathing patterns. Some have called it “moving meditation,” because when done correctly, it truly does bring your mental concentration in line with the movement of your body and your breath. It originated from an ancient chinese form of martial arts, and has branched into various forms. Recently the fitness and rehab communities have been raving about the benefits of Tai Chi: improved balance, improved coordination, increased leg strength, improved respiratory fitness, decreased stress, and decreased blood pressure. Many of these benefits have been documented in the elderly. Some studies have also noted benefits from Tai Chi in special conditions, such as parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and cardiac rehab.
Does It Work?
Here are a few published studies. Click on the journal name for a link to the article.
There isn’t a lot of research on the effects of tai chi in stroke rehab, but there is a solid theory behind it being beneficial. I don’t know of any possible detrimental effects of getting involved in this form of exercise (as long as you take precautions to avoid falling). I could help you to improve your mental focus, your breathing, your balance, lower your blood pressure, and might even help with depression or mood disturbances.