A nervous system disorder where the nerve cells found within the brain that produce the chemical called dopamine start to die off. This leads to the many symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
- Slowness of movement
- Rigid body / rigid movement
- Bladder and bowel problems
- Swallowing and salvia control
- Freezing, falls and stumbles
- Speech and communication problems
- Eye problems
- Skin, sweating, scalp conditions
- Muscular skeletal pain
How Qigong and Tai Chi can help
- Improved balance
- Better co-ordination
- Helps to level emotions
- Aid relaxation
- Improve motor function
- Better posture
- Improve walking
- Experience fewer falls and stumbles
- Better range of motion
- Increase mobility and flexibility
- Reduce physical tension
- Calms the mind
- Helps improve sleep
- “Tai chi training appears to reduce balance impairments in patients with mild-to-moderate Parkinson’s disease, with additional benefits of improved functional capacity and reduced falls.”
- Tai Chi Benefits Patients With Parkinson’s
- Are there other treatment options of PD symptoms?
- Parkinsons Recovery: Itunes on 6/6/2012 Qigong for Parkinsons
My own experience of teaching students with Parkinson’s Disease (PD).
I currently have a small number of private students who have PD. I am seeing first hand how regular practice of either Tai Chi or Qigong has helped improve quality of life through; stability, posture, reduction in physical tension, improved motor skills, coordination, balance and body awareness. Through patience, acceptance and compassion my students are using Qigong and Tai chi to help ease the symptoms of PD. The all round benefits they are experiencing are vast, and every small success with movement and posture is starting to affect their daily lives in great ways. I am humbled by their diligence and commitment of Tai Chi and Qigong through their daily struggles and find these lessons rewarding, teaching me more than I am giving.