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Research Article  |   April 1992
T’ai Chi and Postural Control in the Well Elderly
Author Affiliations
  • Shuk-Kuen Tse, MS, OTR, is an Occupational Therapist, Novacare, Inc., North Reading, Massachusetts
  • Diana M. Bailey, EdD, OTR, is Assistant Professor, Tufts University – Boston School of Occupational Therapy, Medford, Massachusetts 02155
Article Information
Complementary/Alternative Approaches / Geriatrics/Productive Aging / Research
Research Article   |   April 1992
T’ai Chi and Postural Control in the Well Elderly
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1992, Vol. 46, 295-300. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.4.295
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1992, Vol. 46, 295-300. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.4.295
Abstract

In this study, we investigated the potential value of t’ai chi in promoting postural control of the well elderly. T’ai chi, a traditional Chinese exercise, is a series of individual dancelike movements linked together in a continuous, smooth-flowing sequence. Performance on five balance tests of 9 t’ai chi practitioners was compared to that of 9 nonpractitioners. An analysis of variance demonstrated that in three of the tests, the t’ai chi practitioners had significantly better postural control than the sedentary nonpractitioners (p < .05). It was also found that men performed significantly better than women in both the practitioner and nonpractitioner groups on the same three tests (p < .01).