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Taoist Tai Chi® arts and Parkinson’s Disease

If you have been recently diagnosed or have been suffering for years, you know that Parkinson’s Disease can cause problems with movement, posture, balance and cognition. Research into Tai Chi and Parkinson’s Disease shows that tai chi is very effective in helping people who have Parkinson’s. With Taoist Tai Chi® practice you can move more freely, maintain flexibility, find better alignment, posture and balance, and improve cognition. In addition, people practicing Taoist Tai Chi® arts have found a sense of lightness and well-being.

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One Person’s Story of Longevity and Improved Quality of Life through Taoist Tai Chi® practice - Over 30 years with Parkinson’s Disease

Assunta has been part of ‘The Parkinson’s Outcomes Project,’ an international study to determine best treatments that follows 5500 people with Parkinson’s Disease. Of that group only 25 people have had it longer than Assunta. This is what she has to say: 

My name is Assunta and I’ve had Parkinson’s disease for 33 years and I have been practicing Taoist Tai Chi® arts for almost 30 years. I knew after my first class that the Taoist Tai Chi® arts were helping me. I first became stronger emotionally and then physically. Everything improved and I was better able to tolerate medications. I am taller and more flexible. The benefits of Taoist Tai Chi® practice are so good. I feel normal!

When I started Taoist Tai Chi® practice, I would tell my doctors ‘Taoist Tai Chi class is helping me.’ They would reply, ‘That’s nice dear.’ The last time I saw my neurologist he told his new nurse that I had had Parkinson Disease longer and was doing better than any of his patients. The Taoist Tai Chi® arts are an amazing treatment!”

– Assunta, Toronto, Canada


How Does it Work?

Taoist Tai Chi® arts involve a full range of motion with deep stretching and continuous turning of the spine. They exercise the whole physiology including muscular, skeletal, and circulatory systems, as well as tendons, joints, connective tissue and organs. This whole body approach has a profound effect on our health, increasing strength, flexibility and resilience, whatever our condition.

Taoist Tai Chi® arts are also a form of moving meditation that has a deep effect on the brain, calming and clearing the mind.

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Research: Parkinson’s Disease and Tai Chi

Health Benefits of Tai Chi: What is the Evidence?
  • Systematic Reviews of tai chi indicate “excellent evidence for the benefits of tai chi for people with Parkinson’s disease”.
  • The key finding was that people with Parkinson’s disease who took medication and did tai chi had better mobility and balance outcomes compared with those who took medication alone.”

Huston, P. and McFarlane, B. (2016). Health benefits of Tai Chi: What is the evidence? Canadian Family Physician, 62, 881-90.

Tai Chi and Postural Stability in Patients with Parkinson's Disease
  • “Tai Chi training appears to reduce balance impairments in patients with mild-to-moderate Parkinson’s disease, with additional benefits of improved functional capacity and reduced falls.”

New England Journal of Medicine, Tai Chi and Postural Stability in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease, February 9th, 2012

“Promoting Vitality and Well-being: How Taoist Tai Chi® arts Impact Health and Reduce Stress on Public Health Services”
  • More than 6000 of 12,000 Taoist Tai Chi® arts practitioners across Canada responded to a National Health Questionnaire.
  • 96% reported improved balance
  • 84% reported improved mobility

Promoting Vitality and Well-being: Canadian Health Questionnaire Detailed Report</>

What are Practitioners with Parkinson’s Disease saying about Taoist Tai Chi® arts?

“I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 3 years ago. Taoist Tai Chi® practice has returned my mobility and balance. Neurologists visits are now done quarterly via teleconference versus monthly visits when 1st diagnosed.”

– Michael, Lindsey, Canada

I was diagnosed with Parkinson ’s disease 20 years ago and I have now been doing Taoist Tai Chi® arts a long time too. Taoist Tai Chi® practice has kept my body working! It has also calmed me down and helped me with injuries I got in the past.

– George, Vancouver, Canada

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