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Study Shows Tai Chi More Effective than Physical Therapy to Prevent Falls for Frail Older Adults
 
November 26, 2012 -
The study by Université de Sherbrooke in Québec, Canada is published by Disability and Rehabilitation in November 2012.

Purpose: To compare the effectiveness of supervised Tai Chi exercises versus the conventional physical therapy exercises in a personalized rehabilitation program in terms of the incidence and severity of falls in a frail older population.

Method: The participants were frail older adults living in the community, admitted to the day hospital program in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada (n = 152). They were randomized to receive a 15-week intervention, either by supervised Tai Chi exercises (n = 76) or conventional physical therapy (n = 76). Fall incidence and severity were assessed using both the calendar technique and phone interviews once a month during 12 months following the end of the intervention. Other variables were collected at baseline to compare the two groups: age, comorbidity, balance, sensory interaction on balance, and self-rated health.

Results: Both interventions demonstrated a protective effect on falls but Tai Chi showed a greater one as compared to conventional physical therapy exercises.

Conclusions: Supervised Tai Chi exercises as part of a rehabilitation program seem to be a more effective alternative to the conventional physical therapy exercises for this specific population. .

 

 


 
 

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