August 30, 2012
Tai chi has been part of traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, and now doctors in the United States are recognizing the physiological and psychological benefits of the exercise. Qiu. “Tai chi is also beneficial for improving balance and physical function in those with osteoarthritis.” Studies have also found that tai chi intervention improves pain, fatigue, mood, depression, vitality, and disability index of people with rheumatoid arthritis.
Bone Mineral Density
“Research indicates that tai chi may improve risk factors associated with low bone mineral density in postmenopausal women,” says Qiu.
Tai chi has been found to be a beneficial complement to traditional cancer treatment. “Tai chi helped improve self-esteem and health-related quality of life, functions in activities of daily life, and increased shoulder range of motion in cancer survivors,” Qiu says. “In addition, tai chi has been shown to increase immune response and psychological function of cancer survivors.”
“Studies have concluded that tai chi may be a beneficial adjunct therapy for patients with cardiovascular disease,” Qiu explains. Those with cardiovascular disease have reported a reduction in blood pressure and an increase in exercise capacity when practicing tai chi.
Balance and Control
Tai chi improves balance in older adults, and the exercise has been found to prevent falls in pre-frail elderly while also reducing their fear of falling. According to Qiu, there is also favorable evidence to support the use of tai chi for patients with Parkinson's disease.
"Tai Chi Illustrated" offers a comprehensive look at the mind–body exercise with full-color photo sequences demonstrating the most popular tai chi routines. Photos are accompanied by numbered steps that explain how to execute each move, making the exercises accessible for beginning and intermediate audiences alike. For more information on "Tai Chi Illustrated" or other health and fitness resources, visit http://www.HumanKinetics.com or call 800-747-4457.
For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2012/8/prweb9844963.htm