The list of disorders that trigger balance problems includes positional vertigo, Meniere's disease and vestibular neuronitis,2 to
name a few. Balance problems are among the more common reasons the elderly seek a physician's advice. While a disturbance in the inner ear is one common cause, so are loss of neuromuscular integration, muscle tone and strength.
Tai Chi May Reduce Your Risk of Falls
In a meta-analysis of 18 different studies involving over 3,800 participants who were 65 years and older, researchers determined those who practiced tai chi at least once
weekly had a 20 percent lower chance of falling than those who did not practice tai chi.'3
The researchers compared senior students against how much time they spent practicing tai chi, the
style and the falling risk for the individuals. They found any amount of tai chi exercise was associated with a lower risk of falling as compared to control groups. As the frequency of the sessions increased from once weekly to three times weekly, the risk
reduction jumped from 5 to 64 percent.
The researchers felt performing tai chi improved the participant's knee extension strength, flexibility and balance, and reduced the risk of falls. As this
was a meta-analysis, the researchers were only able to measure the variables previous studies had included. Dr. Chenchen Wang, director of the Center for Complimentary and Integrative Medicine at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, commented on the results:4
"Many important components include: exercise, breathing techniques, awareness of the body, focused attention, mindfulness, balance and function, visualization and relaxation. These components also
positively impact health by improving self-efficacy, psychosocial functioning, and depression and can help patients bolster self-confidence, which also helps balance and coordination to avoid falls."
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