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Tai Chi and Parkinson’s disease

January 31, 2020

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art that combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movement. Numerous studies have shown Tai Chi can provide significant improvement in motor and nonmotor symptoms for people with Parkinson’s disease.

In a recent study titled The Impact of Mind-Body Exercises on Patients with Parkinson’s Disease, published on December 27, 2019 in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Tai Chi helped improve balance function, depressive symptoms, and overall quality of life.

Motor Benefits

  • Improved posture
  • Improved balance (up 2x more according to this article from Harvard Medical School)
  • Reduced falls
  • Improved mobility
  • Improved flexibility

Nonmotor Benefits

  • Improved depressive symptoms
  • Improved anxiety symptoms
  • Improved quality of life
  • Improved cognitive function
  • Self-esteem

Perhaps even more beneficial than the motor benefits are the nonmotor benefits provided by Tai Chi. A study in the Journal of Yoga and Physical Therapy, states that nonmotor symptoms are highly impactful on quality of life. By managing nonmotor symptoms of PD through Tai Chi, quality of life can be greatly improved!


Tai Chi Classes

Tai Chi for Better Balance Hastings Family YMCA
1430 W 16th St
Hastings, NE 68901
Tuesdays & Thursdays March 3rd – May 21st
Advanced 10:30-11:15am
Beginner 11:30-12:15pm
Cost: Free for YMCA members; $5 for non-members
402-463-3139
Erika Knott
erikak@hastingsymca.net

Tai Chi for Balance
Visiting Nurse Association
12565 West Center Road
Omaha, NE 68144
Tuesdays
5:15 PM
Cost: Free
402-346-7772
Kris Lausterer
klausterer@vnatoday.org

You can find more Tai Chi for Balance classes across the state at http://taichibalance.org/

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