The Vastus Medialis and Tai Chi Chuan

As the muscles of the inner thigh work together, the Tai Chi practitioner must focus and control the energy produced so that balance and power are focused and controlled. Although, it is beyond the scope of this article to review the specific points of origin and functionality of each of the muscle of the leg,…

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Tai Chi Insights

Background Tai chi chuan sometimes referred to as taiji or tai chi, is practiced throughout the world as a health exercise that, when practiced regularly, is an effective and powerful martial art, a health exercise, has meditative benefits, and can make your daily living activities easier to manage. The Yang style was brought to the…

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Tai Chi for Balance

Tai Chi is an ancient martial art and health exercise. By constant practice of the tai chi forms you develop “muscle memory” ….your body will get used to moving in a specific way. It’s obvious that the martial artist must be coordinated and have great balance control when sparring; however, it is just a important…

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Tai Chi and Multiple Sclerosis

Patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can improve balance, muscle tone and reduce stress by practicing Tai Chi on a regular basis. In an email recently sent by Priscilla Chen, wife of Grandmaster William C.C. Chen, it was noted that tai chi practitioners with MS benefited from this slow, meditative, and repetitive exercise. It was shown…

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Reduce Arthritis Pain with Tai Chi

Arthritis is a common physiological condition among people across the world. It is rare among youths but there has been a steady increase over the last decade. Arthritis, especially in the knees, is a problem that a majority of elders in the US, UK, Europe as well as Australia and Asia suffer from. Arthritis is…

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What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi is a Chinese health and meditation exercise that helps improve balance, while also being an effective martial art. As you practice this soft style kung fu you learn to breathe deeply while focusing on body mechanics. As you perform the slow movements, the tai chi form; as you will begin to feel calm…

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Energy or “Chi” Flow

The experienced tai chi practitioner learns how to relax the muscles of their rib cage, and, therefore, the practitioner can be prepared to channel energy with explosive power. Examples of slow Fa Ching or slow explosive power can be seen demonstrated with these links: CHENG MAN CHING FORUM- GRAND MASTER CHU HONG PING FA JIN…

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Energy Flow and Body Mechanics

The movements practiced by most beginners of Tai Chi Chuan at first limited to physical moves. It takes a while, depending upon how often someone practices as it is based upon natural ability. Beginners are not to focus their energy; it’s difficult enough to just memorize how the body moves and forms postures. As the…

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An Introduction to Tai Chi

Tai chi chuan is a health and meditative exercise. It originated in China. It  is also a powerful  martial art.  It also will benefit health and aid relaxation. It’s also an effective training exercise for self-defense. Your balance and deep breathing will also improve. Patience is a side benefit. More energy is one of the benefits of a disciplined practitioner of Tai Chi.   To achieve…

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Tai Chi May Provide Arthritis Relief

Stiffness, fatigue, balance and well-being improved after two months, study finds By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 24 (HealthDay News) — Arthritis patients may gain physical and emotional relief from the ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi, finds a new study, the largest of its kind. Patients with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia felt…

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Tai Chi Exercise Reduces Knee Osteoarthritis Pain In The Elderly, Research Shows

ScienceDaily (Oct. 29, 2009) — Researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine have determined that patients over 65 years of age with knee osteoarthritis (OA) who engage in regular Tai Chi exercise improve physical function and experience less pain. Tai Chi (Chuan) is a traditional style of Chinese martial arts that features slow, rhythmic movements…

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Tai Chi Relieves Arthritis Pain, Improves Reach, Balance, Well-Being, Study Suggests

ScienceDaily (Nov. 7, 2010) — In the largest study to date of the Arthritis Foundation’s Tai Chi program, participants showed improvement in pain, fatigue, stiffness and sense of well-being. Their ability to reach while maintaining balance also improved, said Leigh Callahan, PhD, the study’s lead author, associate professor in the University of North Carolina at…

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Tai Chi and Postural Stability in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., Peter Harmer, Ph.D., M.P.H., Kathleen Fitzgerald, M.D., Elizabeth Eckstrom, M.D., M.P.H., Ronald Stock, M.D., Johnny Galver, P.T., Gianni Maddalozzo, Ph.D., and Sara S. Batya, M.D. N Engl J Med 2012; 366:511-519 February 9, 2012 Background Patients with Parkinson’s disease have substantially impaired balance, leading to diminished functional ability and an increased risk…

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Tai Chi: Improving Functional Balance and Predicting Subsequent Falls in Older Persons

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: December 2004 – Volume 36 – Issue 12 – pp 2046-2052 Clinical Sciences: Clinically Relevant LI, FUZHONG; HARMER, PETER; FISHER, K JOHN; MCAULEY, EDWARD Abstract Purpose: To determine whether improved functional balance through a Tai Chi intervention is related to subsequent reductions in falls among elderly persons. Methods:…

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Heart rate responses and oxygen consumption during Tai Chi Chuan practice.

American Journal of Chinese Medicine Summer-Fall, 2001 Heart rate responses and oxygen consumption during Tai Chi Chuan practice. Author/s: Ching Lan Abstract: Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) is a popular Chinese conditioning exercise, however, its exercise intensity remains controversial. The objective of this study was to determine the exercise intensity of Yang TCC by measuring heart…

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Tai Chi: Improving Functional Balance and Predicting Subsequent Falls in Older Persons

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: December 2004 – Volume 36 – Issue 12 – pp 2046-2052 Clinical Sciences: Clinically Relevant LI, FUZHONG; HARMER, PETER; FISHER, K JOHN; MCAULEY, EDWARD Abstract Purpose: To determine whether improved functional balance through a Tai Chi intervention is related to subsequent reductions in falls among elderly persons. Methods:…

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