Tai Chi and the PT: Extending a Continuum of Care Using Tai Chi to Improve Gait, Balance, Core Strength and Other Quality of Life Indicators .8 CCU’s
The core of this training is evidence based injury (fall) prevention program: CDC’s Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance. All participants will receive a workshop manual which includes CDC’s Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance Instructor Guide, Student Learning Guidebook and DVD
Tai Chi & the PT: Continuing Competence Credit Course
Learn a clinically proven individual and small group therapeutic activity, mostly lab based training: learn a brief tai chi form, learn to implement a reliable, evidence based prevention and wellness program: Balance/Fall Prevention, Tai Chi for Parkinson’s Disease, Depression, Pain Management and Other Quality of Life Indicators.
In a simulation of a community based program/practice the participant learns the movements, and “experiences” the nature and intensity of this “gentle practice” and compares it with traditional therapy. Learn teaching methodology, analyzing and practicing discreet trunk and extremity, upper and lower body movement, and then synthesize the holistic, coordinated exercise. Learn to analyze tai chi movements for correct application of principles by using tai chi’s traditional kinesthetic assessment (center/base of support/stability).
1. Review/Analyze relevant literature in class discussion, examine therapeutic elements of tai chi movement:
- Identify, practice and learn therapeutic elements of tai chi movements.
- Identify therapeutic elements of program protocol.
2. Incorporate elements of evidence based Tai Chi into practice based prevention and wellness intervention programs, as Treatment Option or Adjunct: Small group therapy, individual intervention.
3. Physical Therapists and Tai Chi Teachers learn and develop competencies from the “same page”.
- Therapist : Assess appropriateness of Tai Chi as a post-rehab strategy, and refer to a community based Tai Chi class or program for therapy adjunct, or as evidence based prevention and wellness activity.
- Therapist/Teacher: Use program protocol to evaluate community based Tai Chi programs to determine value as Tai Chi for therapy adjunct or complement.
- Therapist/Teacher: Establish community based CDC’s Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance programs.