09 Feb '12, 2am

Practising Tai chi could help ease symptoms of Parkinson's disease, say doctors

NEW YORK - The ancient Chinese exercise of tai chi improved balance and lowered the risk of falls in a study of people with Parkinson's disease. Symptoms of the brain disorder include tremors and stiff, jerky movements that can affect walking and other activities. Medications and surgery can help, and doctors often recommend exercise or physical therapy. Tai chi, with its slow, graceful movements, has been shown to improve strength and aid stability in older people, and has been studied for a number of ailments. In the latest study, led by Dr Li Fuzhong of the Oregon Research Institute in Eugene, tai chi was tested in 195 people with mild-to-moderate Parkinson's. The participants attended twice-weekly group classes of either tai chi or two other kinds of exercise - stretching and resistance training, which included steps and lunges with ankle weights and a weighted vest. T...

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