Although still not enough scientific evidence, the practice of Tai Chi, increasingly widespread, appears to reduce the risk of falls and fractures, in addition to improving blood pressure numbers and be indicated in chronic musculoskeletal pain.
“Tai Chi is classified as one of the recommended aerobic exercise especially for seniors, combining breathing, balance and coordination. Furthermore, it is done slowly, allowing people who experience difficulties follow joint pretty well, “said Amparo Cuxart Service chief Rehabilitation Hospital Valle Hebron in Barcelona.
This is an Eastern practice low-intensity physical activity that uses slow, controlled movements combined with breathing, which in turn directs the movement. Moreover, according Cuxart, “there is scientific evidence that their practice can be beneficial to avoid the risk of falls in older, working on balance and coordination to prevent the progression of bone loss in adults. Also, for specific diseases, injuries, tendon, joint, etc.., no studies have neither knowledge nor sought this benefit. ”
Tai Chi appears to produce benefits in patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s and heart disease.
Tai Chi produces cardiovascular activity because it is an aerobic exercise. His practice helps concentration, increases the sense of wellbeing, reduces stress, improves posture and circulation, joint working and improving comprehensive chronic musculoskeletal pain.
“In people who have suffered a hip fracture and, therefore, if they suffer a new hip fracture could contralateral practice reduces the risk of falls, and so reduces the risk of breakage.
Also, there is also evidence that improved levels of blood pressure in hypertensive patients and that brings benefits in Parkinson’s. Inmaculada García Montes, president of the Spanish Society of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine, emphasizes that “every day there are more publications in the profits of the year in different pathological processes and has been shown that the modality in the form of Tai Chi has its indications and patients can benefit from its effects.
Programs in physical medicine and rehabilitation are prescribed not systematic or standard measure of physical therapy, since it is not within the portfolio of public health services-but it can be recommended in a comprehensive program of physical activity ” to advise the patient to perform community exercise, like swimming, Pilates, Tai Chi, etc.
In any case, Garcia argues that the rehabilitation physician must make a certain diagnosis and comprehensively assess the patient’s comorbidities before recommending the type of exercise to be performed. For the rehabilitation of injuries in athletes Tai Chi “it is unusual. His injuries are treated with physical therapies such as ultrasound, laser, kinesitherapy … and do not have enough scientific support to establish its indication.”