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.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness

Purpose
Patients
Patients with evaluations
Perceived effectiveness

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 3
Mild 2
None 21

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tai Chi

Side effect Patients
Muscle soreness 2
Calming 1
flare-ups 1
Orthostatic intolerance 1
Pain in lower back 1
Soreness 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently doing Tai Chi

Dosage Patients
2 hr weekly 2
20 min daily 2
20minutes as needed 2
daily 2
0.5 hr weekly 1
1 hr daily 1
5 min m,w,f 1
30 min weekly 1
45 min weekly 1
10 min daily 1

See all 12 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Tai Chi

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 12
Did not seem to work 5
Course of treatment ended 4
I didn't have enough time 4
Expense 2
Side effects too severe 2
See all 25 patients who’ve stopped doing Tai Chi

Duration

Currently doing Tai Chi

Duration Patients
6 months-1 year 1
1-2 years 1
2 years or more 14

Stopped doing Tai Chi

Duration Patients
0-1 month 4
1-3 months 3
3-6 months 7
6 months-1 year 3
1-2 years 4
2 years or more 4

Adherence


Always
Patients
11
41%
Usually
Patients
10
37%
Sometimes
Patients
6
22%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
0
0%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
3
11%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
8
30%
A little hard to take
Patients
9
33%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
7
26%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
4
15%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
5
19%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
9
33%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
9
33%
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6 patient evaluations for Tai Chi

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Missy180
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Missy180
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Relapse: Mild
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See Missy180's full Tai Chi history

Mar 15, 2016 (Started Feb 01, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Balance problems)
  • side effects
    Moderate (Pain in lower back)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 30 min M,W,F
Advice & Tips: I could not continue this exercise. I was made so much more aware of disabilities that have accumulated and the pain was so horrible. I am depressed and that may have made this more difficult for me to perform.

Feb 1, 2016 (Started Feb 01, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Balance problems)
  • side effects
    Severe (Pain in lower back)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 30 min M,W,F
Advice & Tips: I think this may eventually help me on different levels if I wasn't so depressed right now. Performing this exercise causes me to become more aware of disabilities that have accumulated and I have so much pain.

  • 0 helpful marks
holmesa
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holmesa
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Off
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
Parkinson's

See holmesa's full Tai Chi history

May 31, 2015 (Started Sep 13, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Dec 8, 2008 (Started Sep 13, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 45 min Weekly
Cost: $50-99 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)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
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: < $25 monthly

Feb 25, 2014 (Started Mar 02, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 5 min M,W,F
Advice & Tips: I still try to do 1 sun salutation every morning, every day.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 18, 2013 (Started Mar 02, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
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: < $25 monthly

Aug 23, 2011 (Started Mar 02, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 6 min Daily
Advice & Tips: I can't tell yet, but i trust what i've read about it helping with balance.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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