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Tai Chi Improves COPD Lung Health

Friday, 10 August 2012 10:39 AM

Tai Chi has been found to be an effective form of exercise therapy for people with the common lung condition known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Australian researchers, writing in the European Respiratory Journal, said a small study of more than three dozen COPD patients found the traditional meditative exercise helped improve their exercise capacity and quality of life in people and could be a significant component of pulmonary rehabilitation.
"With increasing numbers of people being diagnosed with COPD, it is important to provide different options for exercise that can be tailored to suit each individual,” noted lead researcher Regina Wai Man Leung from the Concord Repatriation General Hospital in Sydney.
“The results from this small sample provide compelling evidence that Tai Chi is an effective training program for patients with COPD, and could be considered as an alternative to the usual exercise training programs that are available in pulmonary rehabilitation."
Previous studies have shown Tai Chi can help people with chronic conditions such as arthritis. Because it involves less strenuous movements than other forms of exercise, people of all ages and mobility levels can learn to practice the martial art.
For the new study, researchers worked with 42 people with COPD – half of whom learned to practice Tai Chi, while the other half followed traditional medical management, which did not include exercise.
According to the results, participants completing the Tai Chi exercise training could walk significantly longer than the others, and had higher scores on standard tests of lung function and quality of life.

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