Tai chi improves physical performance in chronic conditions

Tai chi can improve physical performance in people suffering from a variety of chronic health conditions, according to a systematic review carried out in Canada . Thirty-three studies involving 1584 participants and covering four common chronic conditions - cancer, osteoarthritis (OA), heart failure (HF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) - met the authors’ inclusion criteria. Meta-analyses showed that tai chi improved or showed a tendency to improve physical performance outcomes, including six-minute walking distance (6MWD) and knee extensor strength, in all four chronic conditions. Tai chi also improved disease-specific symptoms of pain and stiffness in OA.

The effect of Tai Chi on four chronic conditions-cancer, osteoarthritis, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a systematic review and meta-analyses. Br J Sports Med. 2015 Sep 17. pii: bjsports-2014-094388.


 

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