This program is designed for an average learner. There is no advantage in learning in learning it in a hurry. Is is not how quickly you can learn the program, it is how well you learn it that gives you maximum health benefits and enjoyment.
With tai chi, often the people who learn slowly gain more benefits and progress further. Tai chi is different from other exercises.
Schedule a regular time each day to practice.
This program builds strength, improves balance and health. It can slow down the thinning of bones and reduce the risk of falls. There are many forms of Tai Chi with significant differences between them. Tai Chi for Osteoporosis is a special program designed by Dr Paul Lam, a physician and a Tai Chi master, together with his medical and Tai Chi colleagues for people with Osteoporosis. It is easy-to-learn, safe and effective.
The program includes warm-up, wind-down, special precautions and a set of 8 forms derived from Yang and Sun style Tai Chi. It helps to strength bones, improve balance and improve relaxation. It can be very effective in reducing the risk of falls.
Doing Tai Chi regularly will strengthen muscles in the upper body, lower body and the core. It also improves balance.
"Tai chi is a fabulous exercise for older adults as it fulfils many of the outcomes we wish to achieve. - Professor Shona Bass, Professor of Population Health, Deakin University, Melbourne
How does it work?
Osteoporosis is a common bone disease characterized by poor bone quality and quantity, resulting in weakened bones which increases the risk of fractures. There are many ways that tai chi helps people with osteoporosis. An excellent study showed tai chi slowed down the loss of bone density approximately three fold. When people with osteoporosis fall they are more likely to sustain a fracture. Many studies have shown that tai chi reduces falls.
People with osteoporosis often have arthritis and loss of function due to age and weakness. Tai chi relieves pain from arthritis, improves balance and the ability to do daily activities. Tai chi helps people feel more relaxed and improves mental strength so they can cope better with their conditions.
Injury from falling is the major problem of the people with osteoporosis. There are several measures you can take to help to reduce risks of falls; tai chi is one of the most effective measures shown by medical studies to prevent falls. Once you have learnt the set, your instructor will help you to apply tai chi principles in your daily activities to prevent falls.
• Relieves stress and depression
• Improves concentration and memory
• Improves balance and coordination
• Builds muscular strength and stamina
• Improves posture and biomechanics
• Increases circulation, heart and lung function
• Enhances the flow of Qi
• Integrates body and mind
- Commencement form
- Open and close
- Cloud (Wave )hands - left side
- Brush knees
- Repulse monkey
- Cloud (Wave ) hands - right side
- Finishing forms.
Can you do tai chi if you have osteoporosis?
There are many proven health benefits of tai chi. It's a low-impact form of exercise that's easy on your joints, making it a good option for people with osteoporosis and osteopenia.
How to learn Tai Chi for Osteoporosis?
Learning tai chi can be a most enjoyable and rewarding experience. As you embark on your journey to learn tai chi, take the time to find the best and enjoyable way for you.
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Tai chi is an increasingly popular because it is enjoyable and beneficial for health. Suitable exercise is an important part of the treatment for people with osteoporosis.
Is tai chi good for building bone density?
It's possible that tai chi works to slow down the rate of bone loss because it's a weight-bearing exercise, which stimulates bone growth. The calming and meditative aspects of Tai chi allow many to experience its ability to relieve stress. Some claim Tai chi to be a healing therapy, and it is often used to support other treatments for chronic conditions; arthritis, fibromyalgia, and digestive disorders are just three examples. Improve Bone Densities.
Wayne, P. M., et al. (2007). The effects of tai chi on bone mineral density in postmenopausal women: A sytematic review. Arch. Phys. Med. Rehabil. 88(5), 673-80. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2007.02.012