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Supreme Chi Living
April 2022
Monthly newsletter published by American Tai Chi and Qigong Association (ATCQA)
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1. : Tailored Sitting Tai Chi Program for Subacute Stroke Survivors
 
2. : An American Ambassador of Tai Chi to Africa
 
3. : Qigong Changed Sexual Function Satisfaction in Spanish Postmenopausal Women
 
4. : Effects of Tai Chi and Qigong on Sleep in Older Adults

 
 

Tailored Sitting Tai Chi Program for Subacute Stroke Survivors


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April 26, 2022 - The initiation of exercise during rehabilitation at the subacute stage could provide stroke survivors with an approach to recovery that capitalizes on unique physiological conditions and promotes spontaneous recovery. A Chinese study, published by an American journal, Stroke, in April 2022, examined the effects of a tailored sitting Tai Chi program on recovery outcomes among subacute stroke survivors.

The team conducted a 12-week assessor-blind randomized controlled trial in China. Subacute stroke survivor-caregiver dyads were recruited and randomly assigned to either the sitting Tai Chi group or attention control group, with 80 people in each group. Outcomes including upper limb function, balance control, sitting balance control, depressive symptoms, shoulder range of motion, shoulder pain, activities of daily living, and quality of life were measured at baseline, in-process, immediately post, and 4-week postintervention.

Immediately postintervention, the sitting Tai Chi group showed significant upper limb function improvement in the primary outcomes including the performance time and functional ability, domains of the Wolf Motor Function Test, balance control, and sitting balance control. Compared with the control group, improvements were also observed in secondary outcomes including depressive symptoms, shoulder extension, activities of daily living, and quality of life.

The results support the effectiveness of a tailored sitting Tai Chi program in improving recovery outcomes among subacute stroke survivors and provide additional knowledge to support the clinical implementation of such a program.

 

 


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