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(Li Wei, PHD Candidate, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Journal of health care and chronic illness 3 - 2011 Blackwell Publishing)


Tai Chi is a safe, low impact exercise and is suitable for inclusion in self-management plans as an adjunct therapy for people with chronic illness.


It is a moderate to low intensity form of exercise with METs of 1.5 to 4.6 and a maximal oxygen uptake of 40% to 50% depending on the style practiced.


Tai Chi provides important benefits for people who are reluctant or unable to do more strenuous forms of exercise.


Potential benefits include:


  1. Improved physical and metabolic function

  2. Reduced pain in chronic musculoskeletal conditions

  3. Enhanced immune response

  4. Reduced incidence of falls and the fear of falling

  5. Increased flexibility and strength

  6. Improved quality of life

  7. Improved psychological health in the form of reduced stress, anxiety, depression and mood disturbances.

  8. The degree of benefit appears to be related to the frequency, intensity and duration of practice


People should choose a style of Tai Chi which is suitable to their level of health and ability. 

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