Water-based Tai Chi: theoretical benefits in musculoskeletal diseases. Current evidence.

Author: Macías-Hernández SI1, Vázquez-Torres L2, Morones-Alba JD3, Coronado-Zarco R4, de Los Angeles Soria-Bastida M1, Cruz-Medina E4, Nava-Bringas TI4.
1Department of Osteoarticular Rehabilitation, National Institute of Rehabilitation, México City, México. 2National Model for Investigation, Rehabilitation, and Educational Integration Center
Conference/Journal: J Exerc Rehabil.
Date published: 2015 Jun 30
Other: Volume ID: 11 , Issue ID: 3 , Pages: 120-4 , Special Notes: doi: 10.12965/jer.150207 , Word Count: 114

Tai Chi is a low-impact and moderate intensity exercise that has shown positive effects in patients with musculoskeletal disorders. Recently have been developed clinical studies on the benefits of Tai Chi techniques combined with hydrotherapy. Both types of treatment include physical training of balance, mobility, strength, coordination and sensory input that could complement each other. This report aims to present the current evidence about the benefits of the combination of water based Tai Chi in musculoskeletal diseases in order to establish whether the combined intervention is better than Tai Chi or hydrotherapy alone.
Hydrotherapy; Musculoskeletal diseases; Rehabilitation; Tai Chi; Therapeutics
PMID: 26171376 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC4492420