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Tai chi is a traditional Chinese exercise based on martial arts, which entails a series of slow, focused movements that are complemented by deep breathing. Also known as tai chi chuan, it is a mild physical training and stretching regimen that is non-competitive and self-paced. Each posture flows seamlessly into the next, ensuring that your body is constantly in motion.
There are many distinct types of tai chi. Various tai chi ideas and practices may be gently emphasised in each style. Within each style, there are variants. Some types benefit wellness, while others benefit the martial arts side of tai chi. It has many physical and mental benefits. A new study has found that sitting Tai Chi exercise may aid patients at risk of stroke.
The study published in the journal Stroke found that stroke survivors who practised sitting Tai Chi for three months saw an improvement in hand and arm strength, shoulder range of motion, balance control, signs of depression and daily activities.
The researchers of the study aimed at creating a Tai Chi sitting routine for persons who had a recent ischemic stroke and had hand and arm weakness or partial paralysis. For the study, the researchers at Kunming, China, included 160 participants with an average age of 63 years, 81 men and 79 women, who had experienced their first ischemic stroke within six months of enrolling in the trial and were still able to use at least one arm.
Half of the participants in the trial were randomly assigned to the seated Tai Chi programme, while the other half were randomised to a normal stroke rehabilitation exercise programme. After analyzing the results, researchers found:
When performed regularly, Tai Chi can have a positive impact on your overall health. Some of the major benefits include:
While there are other health benefits of Tai Chi, more research is required to know the benefits for sure:
(With inputs from agencies)
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