Are movement-based mindful exercises (QIGONG, TAI CHI, AND YOGA) beneficial for stroke and Parkinson’s disease? Cristina García-Muñoz, Paula González-García, María Jesús Casuso-Holgado, Javier Martínez-Calderón, Alberto Marcos Heredia-Rizo, Complementary Therapies in Medicine, Volume 72, 2023, 102912, ISSN 0965-2299, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2022.102912. (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0965229922001157)
Because balance problems and the associated risk of falls are a concern for persons with PD, it is promising to know that alternative movement exercises like qigong, tai chi, and yoga provide safe alternative interventions for persons with mild to moderate PD. A recent study published in Elsevier.com found mindful movement exercises that include yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong, beneficial neurorehabilitation options for persons with PD Qigong was shown to be beneficial in improving balance, motor function, and walking endurance. Tai chi was found to show promise in most cases as a useful intervention to increase balance, and functional mobility was improved by tai chi practice. It is likely that regular and consistent movement exercise in adults with PD enhanced brain network function, reduced inflammation, improved metabolism, and decreased vulnerability to dopaminergic degeneration. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE
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