Tai Chi against Parkinson’s

An ancient Chinese martial art to help Parkinson’s patients. The daily practice of tai-chi, a discipline that involves slow and fluid movements, associated with controlled breathing, allows people with the disease to increase and improve balance, thus reducing dangerous falls. “Of course, a lot of research is still needed to cure this disorder, but compared to 15 years ago, patients are able to be more independent in everyday life,” said Dr. Wolfgang Oertel, president of the German Society of Neurology, on World Parkinson’s Day on April 11. In Germany, more than 250,000 people are affected by the disease; On average, it is diagnosed around 60 years of age, but there is a good 10% of cases in which the disease occurs already between 20 and 40 years. The number of German patients is increasing, given the ageing of the population; And alongside pharmacological therapies, daily physiotherapy is essential for them to maintain everyday skills.

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