alS (LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE) and Tai Chi & qigong


LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE. Tai Chi is recommended by many support groups of neuromuscular diseases. Check with your doctor to discuss introducing Tai Chi as an adjunct to your therapy.

The Founders of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day recieved the Lou Gehrig Hero Award from the ALS Association for introducing ALS professionals to Tai Chi and Qigong.

Over the years, other types of exercises also have come into vogue that may be beneficial for those with ALS. Yoga, Pilates and tai chi are all low-impact activities that involve movement of the entire body and often include a mental component that can be meditative or stress relieving.

But remember that low-impact doesn’t mean low-intensity. Use caution to avoid fatigue and injury, and if you’re in a class, make the instructor aware of your medical condition before starting.

As with any exercise program, modification may be necessary over time.
-- Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)

NIH (National Institutes of Health) Research:
3.5. Subjective Effects of the Integrative Therapies
Approximately two-thirds (63.23%) of the patients reported no obvious effects from the IT [INTEGRATIVE THERAPY) therapies, while 24.69% indicated the IT was working for the symptoms but they did not feel the additional treatments resulted in any significant improvement. Only a few subjects (9.37%) reported they could obtain additional effects from IT therapies; the others were not able to evaluate the effects of IT therapies. Most of the effects of the IT therapies were improvements in subjective symptoms, such as feeling more comfortable, slightly happier, more energetic, experiencing better relaxful sleep or deeper sleep, better appetite, and even delayed development of ALS; however, no evidence-based study has been conducted.
NOTE: In the above study Integrative Therapies included Traditional Chinese Medicine (herbs), Tai Chi, Qigong, and other holistic therapies.

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong
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Author, Bill Douglas, recieved the
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ALS Association for his work
with ALS professionals.

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