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Long Term Tai Chi Exercise Improves Physical Performance among People with Peripheral Neuropathy.
The American Journal of Chinese Medicine (2010)
  • Li Li, Georgia Southern University
  • Brad Manor
Abstract

This study examined the effects of a 24-week Tai Chi intervention on physical function in individuals with peripheral neuropathy. Twenty-five women and men with peripheral neuropathy were recruited. Plantar pressure detection threshold was assessed with a 5.07 gauge monofilament. Functional gait was assessed by the 6-min walk and timed up-and-go tests. Isokinetic leg strength and standing balance was also assessed. Twenty-four consecutive weeks of modified, group-based Tai Chi practice was completed, with testing repeated every six weeks throughout. No adverse events were observed and attendance was 17 ± 4 sessions per 6 weeks. After 6 weeks of Tai Chi, participants increased 6-min walk (P < 0.0001), timed up-and-go (P < 0.0001), and leg strength (P < 0.01) performance. Continued improvement was observed in the timed up-and-go. Plantar sensation improved (P = 0.003) following the Tai Chi intervention. Group-based Tai Chi is a safe, plausible, and effective intervention for those with PN.

Keywords
  • Tai Chi,
  • Peripheral Neuropathy,
  • Cutaneous Sensation,
  • Mobility
Publication Date
2010
Citation Information
Li Li and Brad Manor. "Long Term Tai Chi Exercise Improves Physical Performance among People with Peripheral Neuropathy." The American Journal of Chinese Medicine 38.3 (2010): 449-459.
doi:10.1142/S0192415X1000797X