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Tai chi and Qigong as a form of physical activity of people of all ages in the context of modern physiotherapy

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Tai Chi and Qigong are forms of movement derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), gaining more and more popularity around the world . Qigong is the oldest branch of TCM, whose oldest forms are over 5000 years old, dating back to the legendary Yellow Emperor. Tai Chi is a new fo rm which approximately dates back to 13th century . Qigong is a system of breathing exercises, body postures and movements, alongside with mental concentration, intended to maintain good health and control the flow of vital energy . Tai Chi is an ancient dis cipline of meditative movements practiced as a system of exercises . Tai Chi and Qigong exercises consist in performing slow, coordinated movements, controlling the position of the body in space, learning how to gradually move the weight from leg to leg. Th ey focus on attention, movement , relaxation of the body and silence of the mind . Tai Chi and Qigong have invaluable health benefits and strengthen the body, both physically and mentally. The results of the study confirm the beneficial effects of Tai Chi and Qigong exercises in patients with neurological disorders, imbalance, lowered bone density, weakened muscular strength, increased risk of falls, diseases of the cardiopulmonary system , cervical and lumbar spine pain, depression, anxiety, stress and many more.
  • Faculty of Motor Rehabilitation, The University of Physical Education in Krakow
  • Faculty of Motor Rehabilitation, The University of Physical Education in Krakow
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