Tai chi improves neuromuscular function in the elderly

Tai chi is as effective as proprioception exercises for improving neuromuscular function in elderly people, according to Chinese researchers. Sixty elderly subjects were randomly allocated into three groups. For 16 consecutive weeks subjects participated in tai chi (TC), proprioception exercises (PE) and were compared to a control group who did no structured exercise. At the end of the intervention, both the TC group and the PE group were significantly better able to sense the position of their ankle joint than the control group. No significant differences were found in ankle muscle strength among groups. In addition the subjects expressed more interest in and satisfaction with tai chi than proprioception exercise. (Effects of Tai Chi versus Proprioception Exercise Program on Neuromuscular Function of the Ankle in Elderly People: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012;2012:265486).

 

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