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Tai Chi improves plantar sensation

Discussion in 'Gerontology' started by NewsBot, Jul 18, 2007.

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    Does Tai Chi improve plantar sensory ability? A pilot study.
    Richerson S, Rosendale K.
    Diabetes Technol Ther. 2007 Jun;9(3):276-86.
     
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    Temporal characteristics of foot movement in tai chi exercise.
    Hong Y, Mao de W, Li JX.
    Med Sport Sci. 2008;52:1-11
     
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    Tai Chi For Elders: Improving Balance And Reducing The Risk Of Falls
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  5. PowerPodiatry

    PowerPodiatry Active Member

    Of interest as I have started a program to teach my patients Tai Chi to improve core stability , balance and assist with diabetes. Spent a fortune knocking out walls in the practice to create a room big enough so its all steam ahead as first class is next Thursday. I have been an instructor for many years and frequently use aspects of Tai chi and Qigong to treat my patients. When researchers assess something like Tai chi they frequently come unstuck because they simplify the biomechanics too much and don't know the right questions to ask. For example the comment that double support was more frequent than single support. Double support is common but the weight is not evenly distributed with the term "double weighted" being classified as an error. More advanced forms have weight changing within in the single support and these advanced forms appear even looser refering back to older names of Tai chi being "loose boxing" or even "drunken boxing".
    All very interesting and I could go on for ever but most likely not many will read this post.:deadhorse:
    Ciao
     
  6. theaussie

    theaussie Active Member

    hi powerpodiatry,
    I am quite interested to know the techniques you use when teaching taichi? I am doing a small education session with nurses in an aged care facility and I was thinking of incoroporating taichi movements or its principles into falls prevention activities.
    Even some links to useful websites would be much appreciated!

    thanks!
     
  7. PowerPodiatry

    PowerPodiatry Active Member

    Try www.taijiworld.com Erle is a friend of mine and has possibly the best website in the known universe. Their is extensive articles for free download as well as over 300 samples of his DVD's to view. On the site look for the instructor listing and you will find some help in the Brisbane /Gold Coast area. Wally Simpson is a TCM practitioner as is Steve McDermot and would be very helpful. Have a look at the site then if you like ask some questions thru the forum and I can relate some of the activities that I teach my old girls. If you like you can come to Hervey Bay for a lesson or 2.
     
  8. PowerPodiatry

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    I'm doing more with postural stability in our Tai chi classes at the practice and have added in an exercise from a related Martial art called Bagua Chuang. The practitioners of this were noted for their balance. The exercise that I have started them on is "Walking the circle" which is just the start-up of the circular form from Bagua. I have modified it slightly for my very tottery old girls to include stability contact with a partner. Even my younger participants find it more demanding than they first thought when I add in progressive modifications until we get it more along the line that is correct. So in fact we start by teaching it "wrong" so we can add to it until they get it "right". For some of my patients Tai chi is a little too demanding so we concentrate on Chi kung exercises to build them up.
    Its the same old story as in the practice "if you had only come in sooner then it would have been so much easier".

    Cheers
     
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    Changes in muscle strength, endurance, and reaction of the lower extremities with Tai Chi intervention
    Jing Xian Lia, Dong Qing Xub, Youlian Hong
    Journal of Biomechanics (in press)
     
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    Foot Forces Induced through Tai Chi Push-Hand Exercises.
    Wong SH, Ji T, Hong Y, Fok SL, Wang L.
    J Appl Biomech. 2012 Aug 23
     
  11. JaY

    JaY Active Member

    This is definitely going to help those patients of mine that "have tried everything"! Well they can add this one to their list too!
     
  12. PowerPodiatry

    PowerPodiatry Active Member

    Currently I am teaching Tai chi to our community Parkinson's group with good anecdotal success. I have looked at many of the "papers" relating to tai chi and many of the success stories relate to the experience of the instructor.

    We look at the advanced aspects of tai chi that work at improving the vestibular function...sadly many instructors haven't got a clue about these advanced aspects.

    Like most chronic illnesses an intergrated or functional approach is required...the research is out there but most clinicians fail to look past what they were taught in undergrad. Don't get me wrong...we need a criticial eye.

    cheers,

    Colin
     
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    The Effects of Tai Chi on Peripheral Somatosensation, Balance, and Fitness in Hispanic Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: A Pilot and Feasibility Study.
    Cavegn EI, Riskowski JL
    Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:767213
     
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    Long-term Tai Chi exercise increases body stability of the elderly during stair ascent under high and low illumination.
    Song Q et al
    Sports Biomech. 2017 Sep 7:1-12. doi: 10.1080/14763141.2017.135876
     
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