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
General health 33 11
Parkinson's Disease 14 2
Balance problems 14 3
Improve flexibility/strength 5 2
Fibromyalgia 5 1
Stiffness 4 0

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

side_effects of Tai Chi"

Severe
0
Moderate
2
Mild
1
None
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Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Tai Chi

Muscle soreness 1

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently doing Tai Chi)
Dosage Patients
weekly 10
daily 7
2 hr weekly 6
30 min weekly 3
60 min weekly 5
30 min m,w,f 2
90 min weekly 2
120 min weekly 5
20 min daily 6
60 min daily 2
Why Patients Stopped Doing Tai Chi (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Other 10
Did not seem to work 4
I didn't have enough time 4
Course of treatment ended 3
Not indicated 3
Expense 2
Side effects too severe 1
See all 20 patients who’ve stopped doing Tai Chi

Duration

Currently Doing Tai Chi
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 0
3-6 months 1
6 months-1 year 3
1-2 years 4
2 years or more 22
Stopped Doing Tai Chi
Duration Patients
0-1 month 2
1-3 months 2
3-6 months 7
6 months-1 year 1
1-2 years 4
2 years or more 3
Adherence
Always
10 50%
Usually
7 35%
Sometimes
3 15%
Never
0 0%
Burden
Very
2 10%
Somewhat
4 20%
A little
8 40%
Not at all
6 30%
Cost
$200+
0 0%
$100-199
0 0%
$50-99
4 25%
$25-49
4 25%
< $25
8 50%
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5 patient evaluations for Tai Chi

Tulabee
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Tulabee
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
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Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See Tulabee's full Tai Chi history

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: < $25 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: < $25 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: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
morethanthat
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morethanthat
Sex: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: None
Cognition: mild
Vision: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: mild
I have:
MS

See morethanthat's full Tai Chi history

Jan 1, 2011 (Started Oct 01, 2007)

  • Perceived effectiveness for General health: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: Weekly
Advice & Tips: I can recommend it, I stopped it purely for practical reasons. Now doing Qigong

  • 0 helpful marks
hskiles
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hskiles
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: Little
Stiffness: None
function: All
external_stress: All
Stickman: little
Description:F34y
CFS:9y Dx
FM:7y Dx
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See hskiles's full Tai Chi history

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: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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