The Effect of Tai Chi on Four Chronic Conditions—Cancer, Osteoarthritis, Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analyses

Affiliation

Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia, Canada

Date of publication

April, 2016

conclusion

Meta-analyses showed that Tai Chi improved or showed a tendency to improve physical performance outcomes, including 6-min walking distance (6MWD) and knee extensor strength, in most or all four chronic conditions. Tai Chi also improved disease-specific symptoms of pain and stiffness in osteoarthritis OA. The results demonstrated a favorable effect or tendency of Tai Chi to improve physical performance and showed that this type of exercise could be performed by individuals with different chronic conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure (HF) and osteoarthritis (OA).

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