A research-based use of Tai Chi/movement therapy as a nursing intervention

Author: Chen KM//Snyder M
University of Minnesota, USA
Conference/Journal: J Holist Nurs
Date published: 1999
Other: Volume ID: 17 , Issue ID: 3 , Pages: 267-79 , Special Notes: Review , Word Count: 117

Tai Chi has been widely practiced in China for centuries as an art form, religious ritual, relaxation technique, exercise, and a method of self-defense for people of all ages. It has been used to improve balance; promote postural stability; decrease falls; enhance cardiovascular and ventilatory functions; rehabilitate persons with acute myocardial infarction and rheumatoid arthritis; and reduce pain, stress, and nightmares. The purpose of this article is to summarize, synthesize, and critically evaluate the research-based use of Tai Chi presented in the current literature and give implications and directions for future research. Additional studies about the effects of Tai Chi from a nursing perspective are needed to make clear when it is beneficial as a nursing intervention.