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Tai chi could benefit Parkinson’s disease sufferers

Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the brain that more often than not eventually leads to tremors and a difficulty with walking, movement and general co-ordination.

Whilst there is yet no known cure for the disease, scientists have found that the ancient art of Tai Chi could help sufferers to maintain their mobility.

The Oregon Research Institute conducted a study involving almost 200 patients who were spilt into two groups. Half were asked to undertake two weekly 60 minute tai chi classes and half were asked to undertake resistance-training or stretching.

The participants who took part in the tai chi reportedly outperformed those in the other group in tests involving length of stride when walking. In addition, the tai chi group also experienced fewer falls than the second group.

According to Fuzhong Li, author of the study – these are significant findings because they suggest that low or moderate impact exercise could be used in addition to current physical therapies to address some of the key clinical issues present in Parkinson’s.

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Written by Emma Hilton

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