What is Tai Chi?

Category: Exercises

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Tai Chi ("Ultimate fist") is a Chinese martial art emphasizing breathing, slow controlled movements, and balance. It is a low-impact form of exercise which has been shown to have health benefits and is suitable even for those with movement problems.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects of Tai Chi

Severe
1
Moderate
2
Mild
1
None
20

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Tai Chi

Patients
2

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently doing Tai Chi)
Dosage
weekly
Patients
10
Dosage
daily
Patients
7
Dosage
2 hr weekly
Patients
6
Dosage
20 min daily
Patients
6
Dosage
60 min weekly
Patients
5
Dosage
120 min weekly
Patients
5
Dosage
1 hr weekly
Patients
3
Dosage
20minutes as needed
Patients
2
Dosage
3 hr weekly
Patients
2
Dosage
20 min weekly
Patients
2

Dosages based on patients currently doing Tai Chi.

Why Patients Stopped Doing Tai Chi (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Other
Patients
10
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
5
Reason
Course of treatment ended
Patients
4
Reason
I didn't have enough time
Patients
4
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
3
Reason
Expense
Patients
2
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
2
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Duration

Currently Doing Tai Chi
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
0
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
0
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
0
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
2
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
0
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
17
Stopped Doing Tai Chi
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
2
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
3
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
7
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
2
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
4
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
2

Adherence


Always
Patients
11
46%
Usually
Patients
9
38%
Sometimes
Patients
4
17%
Never
Patients
0
0%

Burden


Very
Patients
2
8%
Somewhat
Patients
6
25%
A little
Patients
9
38%
Not at all
Patients
7
29%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
7
41%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
4
24%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
5
29%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
8
47%
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5 patient evaluations for Tai Chi

holmesa
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holmesa
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Off
Mouth/throat: none
Arms: mild
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See holmesa's full Tai Chi history

May 31, 2015 (Started Sep 13, 2007)

  • Perceived effectiveness for General health: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Sometimes
  • Burden: Somewhat
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Dec 8, 2008 (Started Sep 13, 2007)

  • Perceived effectiveness for General health: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 45 min Weekly
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Tulabee
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Tulabee
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See Tulabee's full Tai Chi history

Feb 1, 2015 (Started Mar 02, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Sometimes
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 5 min M,W,F
Advice & Tips: I will find a class not that my work hours are reduced. Looking forward to feeling better. stay tuned.
Cost: Not specified monthly

Feb 25, 2014 (Started Mar 02, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Slight
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 5 min M,W,F
Advice & Tips: I still try to do 1 sun salutation every morning, every day.
Cost: Not specified monthly

Apr 18, 2013 (Started Mar 02, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Slight
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Sometimes
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 5 min M,W,F
Advice & Tips: I have gone back to the arthritis for Tai Chi form. I try to do it before i leave the house. I would like to do more, but haven't made effort.
Cost: Not specified monthly

Aug 23, 2011 (Started Mar 02, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 6 min Daily
Advice & Tips: I can't tell yet, but i trust what i've read about it helping with balance.
Cost: Not specified monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
hskiles
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hskiles
Gender: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: Little
Stiffness: None
function: All
external_stress: All
Stickman: little
Description:F35y
CFS:10y Dx
FM:8y Dx
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Mar 23, 2009 (Started Mar 12, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Other: Can’t tell
  • Perceived effectiveness for General health: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Sometimes
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I really love doing Tai Chi. I have a hard time finding the time or the energy to do it. When I have the energy and the girls go to bed like they should, that's when I get the time to do it. It was $30 for the video/ball set and yoga mat at Target. And, the instructor is not bad looking either.
Cost: Not specified monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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