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The role of Tai Chi Chuan exercise on osteoporosis prevention and treatment in postmenopausal women

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Author(s): Haiyan Chen

Journal: Alternative Medicine Studies
ISSN 2038-9477

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: e10;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Osteoporosis | Tai Chi | pathophysiology | epidemical prevalence | exercise physiology.

ABSTRACT
Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by fragile bones and high susceptibility to low trauma fractures. Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese mind-body exercise that is reported to enhance muscle function, balance and flexibility, and to reduce pain, depression and anxiety, may safely and effectively be used to prevent or treat osteoporosis. The aim of this review is to evaluate the evidence for Tai Chi as an intervention to reduce rate of bone loss in postmenopausal women. A literature search on randomized controlled trials (RCTs), prospective cohort studies, and cross-sectional studies that included Tai Chi as an intervention, and had at least 1 outcome related to measurement of bone metabolism were identified in PubMed/Medline. Twenty-one controlled studies were identified in the database, which suggested Tai Chi slowed down the loss of bone mineral density in most postmenopausal women, improved balance and strength, relieves pain from arthritis, and improved mental strength so they can cope better with chronic diseases. Regular Tai Chi Chuan exercise is beneficial for retarding bone loss in the weight-bearing bones of postmenopausal women.

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