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[VIDEO] Tai Chi for Rehabilitation – Introduction and Free Lesson 1 – YouTube

Tai Chi for Rehabilitation is infinitely modifiable. It can be used to aid recovery, facilitate relaxation or simply as a quick wind down after a busy day. It leads seamlessly into Tai Chi for Energy. After Tai Chi for Energy there is the more demanding Tai Chi for Energy 2. The trilogy begins with a Health form, moves to a Beginners Form, and ends with an intermediate form. It guides the beginner through a series of moves which subtly build into a sophisticated sequence which will satisfy the needs of every practitioner.

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[Abstract] Tai chi for upper limb rehabilitation in stroke patients: the patient’s perspective.


Introduction: This study aimed at exploring the perceived benefits and drawbacks of practicing tai chi, an alternative therapy that can be implemented in the community, as part of upper-limb rehabilitation following stroke.
Methodology: Semistructured interviews were carried out with participants with chronic stroke (>6 months). The participants took part in 16 tai chi sessions over 8 weeks. Interviews were conducted in person using an interview guide based on the theory of planned behavior (TPB), and a thematic analysis was conducted.
Results: Eight interviews were carried out with participants at various stages of motor recovery. Participants perceived a number of physical, functional, and psychological benefits. They found tai chi to be a global exercise, including both physical and mental aspects, and suggested that it can be included as part of rehabilitation for stroke patients. Many participants expressed a desire to continue practicing tai chi after completion of the study because it exceeded their expectations, among other reasons.
Conclusion: This study can serve to guide future tai chi interventions and research on tai chi for rehabilitation in terms of the characteristics of the intervention and the various areas to assess in order to measure the overall benefits.


  • Tai chi was perceived as a good way of integrating various skills learned during rehabilitation.

  • Despite having different functional abilities, all the participants noted various physical, functional, and psychological benefits from participating in the tai chi sessions.

  • Tai chi seems to be a form of exercise that stroke patients would perform more long-term since all the participants in this study expressed the desire to continue practicing tai chi.

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[ARTICLE] Tai Chi for stroke rehabilitation: protocol for a systematic review – BMJ Open – Full Text


Introduction Stroke is a major cause of death and disability, and imposes a huge burden and significant workload for patients, their families and society. As a special form of physical activity, Tai Chi is may be useful for stroke rehabilitation. The objective of this review is to systematically evaluate the efficacy and safety of Tai Chi for rehabilitation in stroke patients.

Methods and analysis We will conduct a systematic search of the following electronic databases from their inception to 31 October 2015: MEDLINE, EMBASE, the Cochrane Library, the Chinese BioMedical Literature Database (CBM), the Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), the Chinese Science and Technology Periodical Database (VIP), Wanfang and the Chinese Dissertation Database. All relevant randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in English and Chinese will be included. The main outcomes will be changes in the neurological function of patients and in independence in activities of daily living. Adverse events, adherence, costs and the cost effectiveness of Tai Chi will also be assessed. Two independent reviewers will select studies, extract data and assess quality. Review Manager 5.3 will be used for assessment of risk of bias, data synthesis and subgroup analysis.

Ethics and dissemination This systematic review does not require formal ethical approval because all data will be analysed anonymously. Results will provide a general overview and evidence concerning the efficacy and safety of Tai Chi for stroke rehabilitation. Findings will be disseminated through peer-reviewed publications.

Continue —> Tai Chi for stroke rehabilitation: protocol for a systematic review — Zhang et al. 6 (6) — BMJ Open


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[ARTICLE] Applying Tai Chi as a rehabilitation program for stroke patients in the recovery phase Full Text PDF

Abstract (provisional)

Background: As the second commonest cause of death and a major cause of disability worldwide, stroke has greatly influenced patients’ quality of life and created a huge public health burden. As a special form of physical activity that has been widely practiced in China, and even throughout the world, Tai Chi may be favorable for the rehabilitation of stroke patients. Several studies have been conducted to investigate the rehabilitative effects of Tai Chi for stroke patients, but none of them have been focused on the recovery phase (2 to 24 weeks) of stroke.

Methods: This study is an assessor-blinded randomized controlled trial. A total of 50 eligible participants will be randomly assigned to either a control group or a Tai Chi group. Patients in the control group will receive standard, conventional rehabilitation therapies, and a combination of Tai Chi and conventional rehabilitation programs will be applied in the Tai Chi group. The recovery of motor impairment, functional activity and balance abilities as measured with the Fugl-Meyer Assessment, Barthel Index and Berg Balance Scale will be assessed as primary outcome measures. The secondary outcome measures to be used are the scores on the Stroke-Specific Quality of Life Scale, the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale and the objective parameters of the RSscan footscan gait system. All assessments will be conducted at baseline, 4 weeks after the rehabilitation course and at the end of 3-month follow-up.

Discussion: The results of this study will provide preliminary evidence regarding the efficacy and feasibility of Tai Chi as an additional rehabilitative program for stroke patients in the recovery phase.

Trial registration: Chinese Clinical Trial Register ID: ChiCTR-TRC-13003661 (7 October 2013)

The complete article is available as a provisional PDF. The fully formatted PDF and HTML versions are in production.

via Trials | Abstract | Applying Tai Chi as a rehabilitation program for stroke patients in the recovery phase: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.

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[ARTICLE] What Do We Really Know About the Safety of Tai Chi?:

…TC is unlikely to result in serious AEs, but it may be associated with minor musculoskeletal aches and pains. However, poor and inconsistent reporting of AEs greatly limits the conclusions that can be drawn regarding the safety of TC…

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[VIDEO] Tai Chi for Rehabilitation – Introduction and Free Lesson 1 – YouTube

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