Falling is one of the worst things that can happen to you if you have osteoporosis. The impact of a fall can easily break weakened bones. Such injuries lead to pain, disability and possibly death. The fear of falling leads to inactivity, dependence and isolation. By reducing your risk of falling, you will be able to confidently engage in life again. One of the best ways to reduce your fall risk is by participating in Tai Chi.
This ancient martial art has many health benefits, one of which is to improve balance. Balance is a product of two important systems in your body: the nerves and the muscles. Nerves provide coordination, position sense, and reflexes. Muscles provide the ability to move or stay stationary. Both of these systems are fined tuned by Tai Chi.
Numerous clinical trials have evaluated the effectiveness of Tai Chi participation to prevent falls. One study found that the participants in Tai Chi had a 55% lower risk of falling than those that just do stretching exercises. Two other studies found that Tai Chi was more effective than physical therapy for reducing the incidence of falls. With all this positive evidence for Tai Chi, the question you may be asking yourself is, “Why don’t I try Tai Chi?”
Tai Chi is being practiced everywhere around the world from parks to hospitals, small towns to large cities. Because it is usually a group activity, it can be quite economical too. Even those that have disability can do Tai Chi because it can be done sitting or standing. People of all abilities, young and old, are all discovering the vast amount of health benefits from practicing Tai Chi.
So if you are one of the millions of people that fall annually or more, consider reducing you fall risk by trying Tai Chi. In as little as 15 weeks, you too can realize the improved balance, coordination and muscle strength. Fall prevention is truly worth a pound of cure, especially if you have osteoporosis.
Published On: January 23, 2015