Tai Chi Improves Balance In People With Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder that affects dopamine-generating cells in the central nervous system. The physical symptoms are the classic triad: shaking, rigidity and slowness of movement. Posture, walking and balance are also impaired. Dr Fuzhong Li and colleagues studied the effects of Tai Chi on patient’s with Parkinson’s. Amongst other benefits, they found that Tai Chi improved posture, walking ability and decreased the number of falls.

Previous research has already found that Tai Chi reduces falls among the elderly. In fact it’s slow, fluid movements over a firm, balanced stance seem like an ideal form of exercise for aging populations.