Tai Chi for Quality of Life
Does Tai Chi training improve function and quality of life? One researcher compared the response to exit interviews in a Tai Chi group versus an individualized balance training group in a study with many participants. The Tai Chi group reported improvements in physical function and quality of life. Another researcher found huge improvements in functional activities like walking, climbing, dressing and bathing. Many studies now support Bill Gallagher's observation that Tai Chi Chuan can significantly improve quality of life.
As of July 2009, a search on the terms "tai chi" AND "quality of life" revealed 59 papers on the PubMed database of scientific studies. Why does Tai Chi improve quality of life? Scientific studies & clinical experience show that Tai Chi:
- Improves Balance & Balance Confidence (so the person is more likely to engage in activities)
- Improves Ability to Push and Pull Objects like Heavy Doors
- Relaxes Muscular Tension and Mental Stress
- Helps people Harmonize with "what is" (go with the flow.....)
Bill Gallagher is an experienced Tai Chi teacher and holistic physical therapist in New York City (NYC).
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