What is Tai Chi?

Category: Exercises

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Generic name: Martial Arts

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 Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 37 20
Balance problems 17 15
Parkinson's disease 13 9
Fibromyalgia 8 5
Improve flexibility/strength 6 4
Improve mobility 4 2

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 4
Mild 2
None 39

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
3 hr weekly 3
1 hr weekly 2
20 min weekly 2
20minutes as needed 2
10 min daily 1
120 min weekly 1
20 min daily 1
25 min daily 1
30 min daily 1
daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Tai Chi

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Reason Patients
Other 13
Did not seem to work 6
I didn't have enough time 5
Course of treatment ended 4
Expense 2
Side effects too severe 2
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Duration

Currently doing Tai Chi

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 4

Stopped doing Tai Chi

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 4
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 14
Usually 16
Sometimes 15
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 14
A little hard to take 18
Not at all hard to take 10
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 7
$25-49 7
< $25 20
Not specified 13
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7 patient evaluations for Tai Chi

Mar 6, 2017 (Started Mar 02, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: Tai Chi practice, on a more regular basis, makes a difference in the way I walk. Do it! I'm a little discouraged that it seems less effective. It's probably part dopamine loss, and not regular practice.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 23, 2016 (Started Mar 02, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 20 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: I attended a Tai Chi class for Parkinson's. It has helped me in my sitting and standing posture. helps walking and balance, posture on bike, posture while driving. The class early 2015, and learned 9 poses. For the past few months, i have not fit it in like i need too. It is best to practice in the middle of the day. mornin I'm not alert.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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

Apr 15, 2016 (Started Oct 02, 1997)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Weekly

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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