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Effects of Tai Chi and Qigong on the Mobility of Stroke Survivors

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November 27, 2022 - Stroke survivors often experience impaired mobility and physical functions. Tai Chi and Qigong have been shown to have physical and psychological benefits for stroke patients.

The November 2022 issue of Public Library of Science one summarizes the evidence on Tai Chi and Qigong for improving mobility in stroke survivors, specifically the ability to walk, dynamic balance, and activities of daily living (ADL).

Independent searches of 16 electronic databases in English, Korean, and Chinese from their inception until December 2021 were conducted by two research teams. The meta-analysis included 27 randomized trials (18 with Tai Chi and 9 with Qigong) on stroke survivors. Meta-analysis of 27 randomized controlled trials with random-effects models indicated that Tai Chi and Qigong effectively improved mobility, specifically on the ability to walk, dynamic balance, and ADL. The effects of Tai Chi and Qigong were significant for short-term and long-term programs, and when compared with active controls and no treatment group.

Conclusion: Tai Chi and Qigong performed for 12 weeks or less were effective in improving the mobility of stroke survivors. Further studies are warranted to assess whether Tai Chi and Qigong work best as an adjunct to rehabilitation, an effective alternative to rehabilitation or as a maintenance strategy, and whether the results could be further optimized by assessing different schools of Tai Chi and Qigong, different types of stroke patients, and different points in the post-stroke recovery process.




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