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J Neurol Phys Ther. 2006 Mar;30(1):22-7.

Taiji for individuals with Parkinson disease and their support partners: a program evaluation.

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D'Youville College, USA. kleinpj@dyc.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE:

Exercise is advocated in the management of Parkinson disease (PD), however, little is known regarding the potential benefits of complementary mind/body exercise for this clinical population. The purpose of this pilot program evaluation was to gain insight into participant and instructor perceptions of the perceived benefits and potential utility of a taiji exercise program.

PROGRAM EVALUATION:

Program participants (N=15) included 8 individuals with PD and 7 support partners with no history of PD. Group taiji instruction was offered in 45-minute weekly sessions, for 12 weeks at a community facility. Post-program evaluation included administration of a survey questionnaire, thematic analysis of a focus group discussion, instructor reflections, and review of attendance records.

RESULTS:

Benefits were perceived by participants in physical, psychological, and social domains. Thirteen of the survey respondents, including 6 of the 8 respondents with PD reported perceiving a physical benefit attributed to taiji practice. Improved balance was reported most frequently. Instructor observations and participant testimony suggest movement capability for individuals with Parkinsons may also be improved by performing taiji.

CONCLUSION:

This preliminary research provides support for further Taiji Buddy program examination and application.

PMID:
16630368
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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