Parks and Rec system recognizes medicinal value of tai chi movements, other exercises
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
People with chronic conditions often make important lifestyle adjustments in order to improve their health. They may take certain medications, undergo stress management classes, change their diet and so on. While exercise is often regarded as part of preventive or rehabilitative measures, doctors may be less willing to actually prescribe it as a medicine, according to The Fayetteville Observer. However, the Fayetteville-Cumberland County Parks and Recreation system is willing to embrace tai chi movements and other exercises as forms of therapy.
"A healthy person doesn't necessarily have the understanding that movement, for even one hour a week, can make a big difference in mobility for [a sick or injured person]," Laura Schindler, a physical therapist, told the news source.
Cumberland County has one of the highest concentrations of disabled people in North Carolina. In order to help these individuals, the Parks and Rec system offers several free classes that teach things such as aerobics and tai chi, which may be helpful for arthritic seniors. Yoga classes are available for a fee.
For people who want to explore these exercises more in-depth, Dahn Yoga and tai chi classes may be available in their local community. They are well worth checking out!