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Tai chi improves balance in people with Parkinson's disease
  1. Mollie Venglar
  1. Correspondence to: Mollie Venglar
    Department of Physical Therapy and Human Performance, Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Blvd S, Fort Myers, FL 33912, USA; mvenglar{at}

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The study by Li et al used tai chi (TC) to treat postural instability in people with Parkinson's disease.


Participants, aged 40–85 years, with mild to moderate Parkinson's disease, were randomised into three groups: TC, resistance-training or stretching. All groups met for 60 min twice per week for 24 weeks. The TC programme consisted of six distinct forms that focused on balance and locomotion. The resistance programme focused on the lower extremity and trunk muscles responsible for posture, balance and gait. The stretching programme involved seated and standing stretches of the upper body and lower extremities. Outcome measures included the following: …

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