Mark Peters / pub. NHS networks
This subject has had a long and controversial history as it has been applied in broad brush strokes rather than targeting frail and pre-frail people as two significant groups. The most well known and quoted study is the Wolf study (1) which states general exercise reduce risks of falls by 10%. Specialised training reduces risks by 25%. Tai Chi reduces risks of falls by 47%(1)
The reason for writing this article is to discuss the research and my personal findings as a Tai Chi teacher working within health authorities and regular classes open to the general public. Through my company Balanced Approach, I have been presenting workshops for Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Extend Teachers, PSI’s and care workers. This training has been organised by the PCT’s and Sports Councils.