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Cancer

07 June 2011

Tai chi helps brain after chemo

Tai Chi may ward off the cognitive decline experienced by patients who receive chemotherapy.

Tai Chi may help ward off the cognitive decline experienced by patients who undergo chemotherapy, according to a University of Missouri health psychologist.

Tai Chi involves practising slow motion routines and is based on several principles, including mindfulness, breathing awareness, active relaxation and slow movements. The emphasis on slow movement makes Tai Chi particularly suited to a wide range of fitness levels, which makes it very relevant for those who have had chemotherapy and might be experiencing physical limitations as a result, Reid-Arndt said.

 

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