Nutrition Health Review

FALL 2017

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23 Fall 2017 • Volume 117 Tai Chi for MulƟple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Disease T ai Chi is a form of exercise that focuses on integrating controlled movement, breathing, and mindful connection with the body. Studies have shown that Tai Chi can be an effective exercise for managing balance- and mobility-related symptoms in patients with MS or Parkinson's disease. In a small study of 32 patients with MS, half of the patients participated in 90-minute Tai Chi sessions twice a week for six months, while the other half received treatment as usual. After six months, the Tai Chi group showed significant and consistent improvements in balance, coordination, and depression when compared to the group not participating in the Tai Chi sessions. In addition, the Tai Chi group saw greater life satisfaction and decreased levels of fatigue. In a separate review of research surrounding Tai Chi and Parkinson's disease, researchers cited studies showing increased mobility, ease of walking, and health-related quality of life. Sources: 1) Burschka JM, et al. Mindfulness-based intervenƟons in mulƟple sclerosis: beneficial effects of Tai Chi on balance, coordinaƟon, faƟgue and depression. BMC Neurol. 2014 Aug 23;14:165. 2) Ni X, et al. Efficacy and safety of Tai Chi for Parkinson's disease: a systemaƟc review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. PLoS One. 2014 Jun 13;9(6):e99377. Subscribe to NutriƟon Health Review US only. No internaƟonal. $12/1 year; $24/2 years—Mailed Quarterly Please complete this form and submit, along with payment, via fax (if paying by credit card) or mail (if paying by check) to: Matrix Medical CommunicaƟons 1595 Paoli Pike, Suite 201, West Chester, PA 19380 Fax 484-266-0726. Checks payable to Vegetus FoundaƟon. First Name Last Name Mailing Address City State Zip Phone Email (opƟonal, to receive NHR online) Credit Card # Exp Date Sec Code Check Amt Signature Sudoku Answer Key Puzzle 4 Puzzle 3 Puzzle 2 Puzzle 1

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