Tai chi, which originated in China as a martial art, is a mind-body practice in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Tai chi is sometimes referred to as "moving meditation"—practitioners move their bodies slowly, gently, and with awareness, while breathing deeply.
According to researchers in South Korea, a structured Tai Chi program improved the balance and physical strength in a group of older people with an average age of 78.
Older people who took part in a structured programme of Tai Chi found that their balance and physical strength improved, reducing the risk of falls, according to a paper in the latest Journal of Advanced Nursing.
It’s no longer an ancient Chinese secret. A University of Missouri-Columbia researcher is putting a new spin on an old exercise and the outcome has many benefits for frail older adults.
The National Institutes of Health has awarded the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing a $3 million grant to research whether stress-management techniques can improve immune system responses in women with breast cancer.
The traditional Chinese martial art of Tai Chi has been said to produce a variety of health benefits for older adults.
Just six months of yoga significantly reduces fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis, but it has no effect on alertness and cognitive function, says a new Oregon Health & Science University study.
Doctors have known for quite awhile that exercise plays a role in preventing some cancers. But in a new twist, a researcher at the James C. Wilmot Cancer Center is studying whether exercise provides therapeutic benefits, such as easing fatigue during radiation treatments.