Thread: Tai Chi and Parkinson's Disease
7/28/2013 12:11pm, #1
Tai Chi and Parkinson's Disease
A recent study has shown that, in Parkinson's patients practicing only Tai Chi, fall frequency was less than those doing only stretches as physical rehab. Also, the Tai Chi practitioners were more effective at increasing stride length than those doing resistance training.
This study was a Top 10 story of 2012 as selected by Journal Watch Neurology, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine which is the oldest continually published (and most cited among medical scientists) periodical. It would have been nice if this were double-blind instead of single-, but oh well.
7/28/2013 1:09pm, #2
7/28/2013 1:29pm, #3
ie. If you were a part of my study on the effects of Tai Chi on Parkinson's, and I told you we were running tests because it is believed, or has been suggested by previous research, that Tai Chi may alleviate tremors, your mind may trick you into believing the frequency of your tremors has diminished. Likewise, as a doctor, my beliefs could affect to what I attribute your supposed diminished tremors.
7/28/2013 1:36pm, #4
7/28/2013 1:46pm, #5
I didn't mean that making a study like this double-blind would be easy or feasible, only that I am curious about the possible outcomes due to psychological variables.
7/28/2013 2:51pm, #6
7/28/2013 3:55pm, #7
Resistance (with weighted vests and ankle weights) was introduced at week 10. Weighted-vest resistance was initially set at 1% of body weight and was increased by approximately 1 to 2% of body weight, depending on each participant's tolerance, every fifth week until 5% of body weight was achieved.
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It's an interesting read but I don't really understand how they get away without describing what 'standard exercise procedures' it's compared against. Perhaps this is a part of my lack of medical knowledge. Is there a standard exercise regime they currently use?
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