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Long term Tai Chi exercise improves physical performance among people with peripheral neuropathy.
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PMID:  20503464     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examined the effects of a 24-week Tai Chi intervention on physical function in individuals with peripheral neuropathy. Twenty-five women and men with peripheral neuropathy were recruited. Plantar pressure detection threshold was assessed with a 5.07 gauge monofilament. Functional gait was assessed by the 6-min walk and timed up-and-go tests. Isokinetic leg strength and standing balance was also assessed. Twenty-four consecutive weeks of modified, group-based Tai Chi practice was completed, with testing repeated every six weeks throughout. No adverse events were observed and attendance was 17 +/- 4 sessions per 6 weeks. After 6 weeks of Tai Chi, participants increased 6-min walk (P < 0.0001), timed up-and-go (P < 0.0001), and leg strength (P < 0.01) performance. Continued improvement was observed in the timed up-and-go. Plantar sensation improved (P = 0.003) following the Tai Chi intervention. Group-based Tai Chi is a safe, plausible, and effective intervention for those with PN.
Li Li; Brad Manor
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of Chinese medicine     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0192-415X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Chin. Med.     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-26     Completed Date:  2010-08-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7901431     Medline TA:  Am J Chin Med     Country:  Singapore    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  449-59     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Kinesiology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Exercise / physiology*
Exercise Therapy / methods
Middle Aged
Muscle Strength / physiology
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / physiopathology,  therapy*
Physical Fitness / physiology*
Postural Balance / physiology
Tai Ji*
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome
Walking / physiology

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