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Tai Chi may reduce fall risk in older and at-risk adults
« on: July 27, 2017, 03:56:32 pm »
Even if you're not yet an older adult, MS might make you more inclined to fall, and you want to cut down on that risk. Tai chi exercising is apparently having impressive results when it comes to reducing the risk of falling, according to this brief article in NEJM Journal Watch, July 24:

Meta-Analysis: Tai Chi May Reduce Fall Risk in Older Adults

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD

Tai chi may help prevent falls in older adults, according to a meta-analysis in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

The analysis included 10 randomized trials comparing tai chi with other interventions or usual care in adults aged 56 to 98. Tai chi sessions were generally an hour long, one to three times per week, for 12 to 26 weeks.

High-quality evidence suggested that tai chi lowered the risk for falls by 43% over short-term follow-up (<1 year), and by 13% over longer-term follow-up. For injurious falls in particular, the data were limited. Evidence showed no effect on time to first fall.

The authors conclude, "Tai chi practice may be recommended to prevent falls in at-risk adults and older adults, especially over the short term."
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