Jaen University: Reduce Falls practice Taichi Elderly

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Jaen University: Reduce Falls practice Taichi Elderly

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An analysis of published studies conducted by researchers Jaen University (UJA) indicates that the Tai Chi You can help reduce the number of falls in both the older adult population and adults at risk.


The findings of the study group members in Physical Activity, Physiotherapy and Health, and Innovation in Nursing and Health Care and Cellular Stress and Age were recently published in the prestigious scientific journal ‘Journal of the American Geriatrics Society‘ and they offer a simple and holistic way to prevent injuries, as reported Thursday the UJA.

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese practice centered on flexibility and coordination of the whole body, paying attention to promoting harmonized movement in space. Previous research has shown to be an effective exercise to improve balance control and flexibility in older people.

“This suggests that the practice could help protect against falls, which they are the primary cause of traumatic death in older adults and that generate a large burden on the public health system due to comorbidities associated subjects falling. Therefore, preventing falls emerges as a major global objective for health policy aimed at older populations”, He explained the Dean of Physiotherapy of the UJA and member of the research group of this study, Rafael Lomas.

In his research, the team formed by Rafael Lomas, Professor Department of Nursing Rafael del Pino, Professor of the Department of Health Sciences Francisco Javier Molina and Esteban doctorando Obrero, He conducted a systematic review in the medical literature of the most recent relevant studies and statistical integration of data from these studies through a meta-analysis.

The team identified ten randomized clinical trials that analyzed the effect of tai chi compared to other treatments (as conventional physiotherapy, the low-intensity exercise, stretching or yoga) on the risk of falls in adults at risk and in older adults.

1 (1)Specifically, The study analyzes the risk of falls, namely, the number of falls reported by study subjects. This concept is more informative because it indicates the risk of injury more accurately.

From his study, They claim the practice of tai chi provides a significantly reduced risk of falls 43 percent compared with other interventions in the short-term monitoring (less than twelve months) and a reduced risk of falls 13 percent in the long-term monitoring (more than twelve months).

“According to these results, there is evidence that high quality Tai Chi significantly reduces the risk of falls and we believe there is scientific evidence for health professionals recommend practice Tai Chi in older adults”, He commented Lomas.

Regarding harmful falls, There was evidence of very low quality of the Tai Chi reduces the risk by 50 percent in the short term and on a 28 percent long term. Practice Tai Chi You can reduce the risk of falls by almost half during the first year of follow-up, and this effect can be extended to more than one year follow-up, although the magnitude of the effect is substantially reduced.

Long-term, “practice Tai Chi It may be recommended to prevent falls in older adults and adults at risk”. The duration of the interventions ranged from twelve to 26 weeks, while the frequency of one-hour sessions ranged from one to three times a week.

“However, due to the small number of published studies, More trials are needed to investigate the effect of Tai Chi on injurious falls and the time to first fall”, He has clarified the researcher.

Source: 20minutos.es

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Collecting Research on the Effects of Qigong and Taijiquan

In recent years there has been a multitude of studies on the effect of Qigong and Taichi both healthy people, and people with various health conditions. The results of these studies have been very promising, and they indicate that these techniques can provide multiple health benefits.

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Taijiquan and Children

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Taijiquan o Taichi, It is a Chinese martial art, Taoist source, It is classified as an internal system (Kung fu), concept that involves the development of a product's ability sustained work over time. It is based on the universal principle of constant change, non-resistance and relaxation.

Their movements are inspired by the nature of water which runs and molds to the geography of the land or in the bamboo stalk which responds flexibly to the shifting of the wind without resistance.


Benefits of Taijiquan in children:

Taijiquan is mainly a formative discipline, the regular practice of the art works in the children develop and enhance their physical and mental abilities. On the one hand it helps improve your fitness, on the other hand it contributes to the formation of values ​​like perseverance respect, companionship, frustration tolerance, discipline, solidarity etc ...

The practice of Taijiquan in children, It must be a recreational leisure activity, training, which enables, among other things, control and know your body, to concentrate, raise self-esteem and self-assurance. Through body work, almost without realizing it, they discover the body, which certainly it helps them to know themselves.

taichi kidsIt is proven that children who practice Taijiquan and other martial arts, increase self-esteem and assertiveness, decreases over time in them aggressiveness and violent disposition. A child with high self-esteem does not need to be aggressive as they have a greater ability to defend, which it translates into a way of being and behaving calmer and determined. On the one hand if a child is very aggressive, the practice of this art help to channel that energy and develop self-control. If it is too timid, it will help you be more outgoing and develop self-confidence.

Taijiquan is also working on correcting bad habits and not only physical but also mental postures. The different positions in the child stimulate the perception of center of gravity, allowing you to shift your body weight from one party to another in order to realize their own strength of movement. During the working class based on repetition, and again, the movements are practiced up to speed and posture right direction, thus enhancing the child achieves self first and then physically replicate the process on a mental and emotional level. as usuall, children who practice this discipline have a good school performance, because your concentration increases, like the ability to develop group work, ie they are given the time to look, listen and express.

The regular practice of Taijiquan causes the child to develop and enhance their physical abilities as, agility, flexibility, coordination, good motor development, muscle tone and body language alive.

Finally the martial frame where the class takes place allows the child is able to develop discipline and respect; greet, be quiet during class, listen and respond to instructions, respect classmates and teacher, They are part of the traditional teachings that instills this martial art.

  Source: Health and Wellness Magazine

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Practicing Tai Chi increases brain size

taijiquanScientists at the University of Florida (USA) and Fudan University in Shanghai (China) have shown that adults who practice Tai Chi three times a week have a higher brain volume and better on tests of memory and reasoning. The results are published in the journal Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. The group of people who did not practice this exercise during the same period (8 months) he suffered a slight reduction in brain size, that is related to aging, cognitive impairment and dementia.

The researchers argue that aerobic exercise is associated with the production of growth factors in the brain. After the results, left them confirm whether activities such as Tai Chi, including a component of mental exercise, may have similar effects or even higher than other forms of exercise, helping us to stay physically and intellectually active as we age. “Our findings suggest that the reason that several epidemiological studies show that subjects who do more exercise or are more socially active have reduced risk of Alzheimer's is that these activities do grow critical regions of the human brain“, afirma James Mortimer, professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health at the University of South Florida and coauthor of the study.


Source: www.muyinteresante.es

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Las buenas razones por las que el Taichi puede ser tu deporte ideal

thaichiSeguro que más de una vez hemos sentido admiración cuando vemos a gente, incluso de edad avanzada, que practica Taichi. Cómo son capaces de controlar su cuerpo con movimientos plásticos, lentos y en armonía. China, se cree que el Taichi puede retrasar el envejecimiento y prolongar la vida, incrementar la flexibilidad, fortalecer los músculos y los tendones, y ayudar a mejorar ciertas enfermedades como las del corazón o problemas de tensión alta, así como la artritis.

El Taichi es una forma de realizar ejercicio muy saludable y reporta beneficios evidentes en muy poco tiempo. Aunque es un ejercicio lento y suave y no es de los que acabas sin aliento, trabaja los componentes clave de la aptitud física: la fuerza muscular, la flexibilidad, el equilibrio y, en menor grado pero también, el acondicionamiento aeróbico.

El Taichi fortalece tanto las extremidades inferiores como las superiores así como los músculos de la base de la espalda y el abdomen.

En un estudio publicado en 2006, investigadores de la Universidad de Stanford comprobaron que la fuerza muscular de una serie de hombres y mujeres, mayores de 50 años cuya aptitud era inferior a la media y con al menos un factor de riesgo cardiovascular mejoraba al practicar Taichi. Después de tomar clases tres días a la semana, en apenas 12 semanas mostraron mejoría en la fuerza del tren inferior (medida por el número de veces que podían levantarse de una silla en 30 seconds) y la fuerza superior del cuerpo (medida por su capacidad de hacer flexiones de brazos).

En un estudio realizado en Japón se compararon varios tipos de ejercicio para comprobar cuál mejoraba más la fuerza entre sus practicantes. Un grupo hizó Taichi; otro caminaba a paso ligero, y otros entrenaban resistencia. Las personas que hicieron Taichi mejoraron más del 30% en la fuerza del tren inferior y el 25% en la fuerza del superior; casi tanto como los que participaron en el entrenamiento de fuerza, y mejor que los que caminaron a paso ligero.

Según la doctora Gloria Yeh, profesora asistente en la Escuela de Medicina de Harvard, “el Taichi fortalece tanto las extremidades inferiores como las superiores así como los músculos de la base de la espalda y el abdomen.”

En ese mismo estudio de Stanford se analizó y comprobó que la práctica del Taichi aumentaba significativamente la flexibilidad del cuerpo.

El Taichi mejora el equilibrio y, según algunos estudios, reduce el riego de caídas. La propiocepción, que define de algún modo la capacidad que tiene uno de detectar la posición del cuerpo en el espacio, se reduce y deteriora con la edad. El Taichi ayuda a entrenar y mantener esta función.

Si a estos tres grandes beneficios unes los siguientes, encontrarás en el Taichi una nueva forma de practicar ejercicio saludable y sobre todo podrás practicarlo durante toda la vida.


1. No es una moda pasajera

A diferencia de otros muchos ejercicios, el Taichi no es una nueva moda que desaparecerá tan rápido como lo hacen otras. Lleva practicándose más de mil años en China.

2. Es un ejercicio para todos

El tai chi es un ejercicio de movimientos suaves y moderados, por lo que cualquier persona de cualquier condición física puede practicarlo.

3. Incrementa la fuerza, el equilibrio y la ​​resistencia

El tai chi ha demostrado ser un ejercicio con beneficios significativos en materia de equilibrio, de fuerza, flexibilidad y de resistencia muscular.

4. Reduce el asma

Parece ser que el Taichi es muy beneficioso para los enfermos de asma, gracias al modo en que se realizan respiraciones profundas con cada movimiento.

5. Mejora la capacidad aeróbica

La capacidad aeróbica disminuye a medida que envejecemos, pero puede mantenerse si se entrena de forma regular. So, en otro estudio realizado para comprobar los efectos del Taichi sobre la salud, descubrieron que los individuos que practicaban Taichi con regularidad durante un año mostraron mayor capacidad aeróbica que los individuos sedentarios de la misma edad.

6. Reduce el estrés

La respiración junto con la concentración con la que se debe de realizar cada movimiento de Taichi supone un modo efectivo de relajación. La conexión mente y cuerpo para realizar cada movimiento con la concentración requerida y con la respiración adecuada promueve la relajación y evita el estrés. Es meditación en movimiento.

7. Mejora la movilidad

La velocidad con la que nos movemos caminando se reduce con la edad. En un estudio, se encontró que los individuos que practican tai chi caminaban significativamente más rápido que aquellos que no lo practicaban.

9. Bueno para las articulaciones

Muchas formas de ejercicio someten a los hombros, las rodillas, la espalda y otras articulaciones a una tensión excesiva, no natural, por lo que terminan desarrollando problemas en las articulaciones. El Taichi clásico en cambio las protege, fortalece la musculatura que ayuda a mantener las articulaciones ‘sanas’, promoviendo posturas correctas que ayudan a corregir problemas en las mismas.

El Taichi te enseña a soltar las articulaciones, relajar el cuerpo y modificar la postura poco a poco con el fin de evitar sobrecargas inconvenientes de las articulaciones.

  Source: El Confidencial

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