Tai Chi as Physical Therapy
Tai Chi as physical therapy: Preparing 21st Century Allied Health Professionals to use this ancient technology
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).
CTPTA approved for 8 CEH’s
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During the course of theses eight hours therapists 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.