Tai chi provides greater fall-prevention benefits than conventional physical therapy exercises for frail seniors, according to a Canadian study. A total of 152 frail older adults were randomised to receive a 15-week intervention, consisting of either supervised tai chi exercises, or conventional physical therapy. Both interventions demonstrated a protective effect on falls, but the effect of tai chi was significantly greater compared with physical therapy. (Efficacy of supervised Tai Chi exercises versus conventional physical therapy exercises in fall prevention for frail older adults: a randomized controlled trial. Disabil Rehabil. 2012 Nov 20. [Epub ahead of print]).


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