Tai Chi in the Community: CE/Cross Training for Fitness and Personal Trainers, Dance, Yoga and Tai Chi instructors:
learn a top tier prevention and wellness program. Evidence Based. Tai Chi practiced as a group activity is an opportunity for social interaction between like-minded community dwelling adults.
This Physical Therapy Continuing Education Course is the result of years of working with researchers, educators, practitioners and their patients in community living situations, and combines a practical, experience factor of long term tai chi (mind-body medicine*) program implementation with the clinical research results of an exercise program.
*The ways in which emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral factors can directly affect health.
1. Describe how TC improves balance.
2. Learn & Demonstrate evidence based TC exercises:Practice a brief (8 posture) tai chi form.
3. Recognize how client psychosocial and other wellness needs may be addressed with tai chi group practice.
4. Evaluate a community or institution based TC program for efficacy as a PT strategy (adjunct or treatment option, after care).
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During the course of theses eight hours participants review research for evidence based, CDC recommended tai chi as physical therapy. Much of the day will be spent practicing the moves with an eye towards the therapeutic elements contained in them and a model for using them to address gait, balance and posture problems. Tools provided give therapists the ability to begin to use tai chi as therapy adjunct or complement. Therapists will be able to evaluate community programs and assess their value for referral.
An examination of tai chi as physical therapy in a care continuum will round out the therapist’s examination of tai chi as therapy for the patient and for the patient’s family .Tai Chi as physical therapy can be used to address strength and balance issues, and reducing the effects of stress. Evidence supports the idea that fear of falling may lead to falling, tai chi as physical therapy reduces that fear, and tai chi as fall prevention therapy can reduce the instances of falls by 55%.
Summary of the Updated American Geriatrics Society/British Geriatrics Society Clinical Practice Guideline for Prevention of Falls in Older Persons: Exercise recommendations in the 2010 guidelines specify programs that include balance, gait, and strength training, such as tai chi or physical therapy, in group programs or as individual programs at home.
Tai Chi has also been shown useful in addressing mood imbalances, especially among the elderly, already prone to depression.