November 3, 2017

Tai Chi Holds Promise as a Cardiac Rehab Exercise

The slow and gentle movements of Tai Chi hold promise as an alternative exercise option for patients who decline traditional cardiac rehabilitation, according to preliminary research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

After a heart attack, more than 60 percent of patients decline participation in cardiac rehabilitation. Although the reasons include financial concerns and distance to a rehab center, many patients stay away because they perceive physical exercise as unpleasant, painful or impossible given their current physical condition.

This is the first study suggesting that Tai Chi may improve exercise behaviors in this high-risk population.

"We thought that Tai Chi might be a good option for these people because you can start very slowly and simply and, as their confidence increases, the pace and movements can be modified to increase intensity," said Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, M.D., Ph.D., lead author of the study and assistant professor of medicine at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. "Tai Chi exercise can reach low-to-moderate intensity levels. The emphasis on breathing and relaxation can also help with stress reduction and psychological distress."

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October 14, 2017

The Fives BEST Exercises for Your Body

 What are the 5 best exercises according to Harvard Health?

Spoiler Alert--tai chi is one of them!

 

 

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October 12, 2017

How Tai Chi Helps Your Body

How tai chi helps your body

September 27, 2017

The Practice of Tai Chi May be Vital to Lupus Treatment

 An Ohio State study shows the practice of tai chi helps to reduce inflammation that causes many symptoms in lupus patients, which results in better health over time.Seventeen lupus patients were enrolled in the Stress Moderation Impacting Lupus with Exercise pilot study, a study in which its participants were enrolled in a daily tai chi program led by Lucy Bartimole, a managing partner and instructor at Shift, a studio in Grandview Heights.

“The movements that tai chi offers are gentle and supportive of the joints,” Bartimole said. “The other piece to it is that it is a very calming and relaxing practice.”

With the two aspects of moderate exercise along with the stress-relief factor of tai chi, it was almost a perfect fit for lupus patients and Young’s study.

The results from this study showed significant decreases in the inflammation-causing indicators that have prompted Young and his team of researchers to seek funding for a larger human trial. ...MORE...

September 22, 2017

Ten Reasons to Practice Tai Chi

Ten reasons to do tai chi

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