Tai Chi and…Shingles?

Have you had chicken pox? If you have, then you are at risk for shingles. When your chicken pox “healed,” what actually happened is the virus that causes it called varicella zoster became dormant in your body. It is still there, but it’s not really causing illness because your immune … Continue reading

Tai Chi for Lower Back Pain

The numbers don’t lie, so chances are you are one of or know one of the 60-80% of the adult U.S. population that suffers from lower back pain. Back pain does not only affect older adults – it is the leading cause of disability in Americans younger than 45 years … Continue reading

The Benefits of Tai Chi

Still undecided on the benefits of Tai Chi? Consider the following facts: Matters of the Heart Cardiovascular disease is one of the biggest killers in the United States. “Tai Chi reduces some cardiovascular risk factors, such as hypertension and dyslipidemia [an abnormal amount of lipids/fats in your blood]. Recent studies … Continue reading

Tai Chi and Gait Initiation

Several studies have shown that Tai Chi improves balance and prevents falls in older adults. But what is it about Tai Chi that improves postural stability in elderly people? To try and answer that question, one study focused on gait initiation (GI). In the study, all the Tai Chi participants … Continue reading