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Can tai chi help people with Parkinson's disease?

Dr. Kathleen Hall
Preventive Medicine
Tai chi is a traditional Chinese exercise done to bring the body back into balance and increase energy. Dr. Lyvonne Carreiro, at the University of Florida reported that patients with Parkinson's disease who took tai chi classes for 12 weeks had less decline in motor function and there was an 18-fold reduction in the frequency of falls for patients who took tai chi. This practice helped to improve balance, strength, and body awareness.
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Tai chi is an excellent form of exercise that can improve balance, strength, flexibility, and improve mood and reduce stress. Studies have shown that tai chi helps improve balance, postural stability and motor control in patients with Parkinson disease. If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s consult your primary care physician or neurologist before starting any physical activity including tai chi

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