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Tai Chi Wheelchair Brings Mobility, Self-Esteem, Better Health To Practitioners

An innovative 13-postures Tai Chi designed for wheelchair users is described in the current issue of Technology and Innovation- Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors® . The innovation has brought the traditional Chinese martial and healing arts to people with ambulatory impairment, thanks to the technology and program developed by Zibin Guo, PhD, of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. "Too often, social and cultural barriers discourage people with physical disabilities from participating in fitness activities, " said Zibin Guo, PhD, who collaborated with the China Disabled People's Federation and the 2008 Beijing Paralympics Committee to introduce the Tai Chi Wheelchair at the 2008 Beijing Olympics/Paralympics Cultural Festival. "Wheelchair Tai Chi can be practiced seated for those needing simple, low-impact, upper-body exercise by integrating wheelchair motion with the gentle, dynamic flowing movements of Tai Chi.

Improving Mood, Blood Sugar In Diabetes With Naturopathic Care

About 26 million Americans suffer from type 2 diabetes. A study in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine has now revealed that complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), in adjunction to conventional medicine, holds various positive benefits for people with type 2 diabetes, compared with those who only receive conventional medicine. For instance, better eating and exercise habits lower blood sugar levels, improve moods and give the person a stronger sense of control over their condition. Ryan Bradley, ND, MPH, director of the Diabetes and Cardiovascular WellnessClinic at Bastyr Center for Natural Health declared: "The news is encouraging for those fighting the disease. Patients involved in the study cited the benefits of trying different approaches to find the best ways to minimize the effects of type 2 diabetes.

Acupuncture Can Improve Skeletal Muscle Atrophy

A team of Japanese researchers reveal study results at the Experimental Biology 2012 meeting that show how acupuncture therapy mitigates skeletal muscle loss and holds promise for those seeking improved mobility through muscle rejuvenation. "It is my hope that this study will demonstrate acupuncture's feasibility with regard to improving health among the elderly and medical patients. Our findings could identify acupuncture as the primary nonpharmacological treatment to prevent skeletal muscle atrophy in the future, " says Akiko Onda, an acupuncturist and graduate student at the Waseda University School of Sport Sciences, who has been conducting a series of studies on skeletal muscle atrophy for the past four years. Loss of skeletal muscle mass has a profound effect on the ability of the elderly and the sick to engage in physical activity.

Pain Relief That Can Last 100 Times Longer Than A Traditional Acupuncture Treatment

Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have identified a new way to deliver long-lasting pain relief through an ancient medical practice. In an article published in Molecular Pain, UNC researchers describe how exploiting the molecular mechanism behind acupuncture resulted in six-day pain relief in animal models. They call this new therapeutic approach PAPupuncture. Principal investigator Mark J. Zylka, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology and the UNC Neuroscience Center, said this is a promising study that moves his lab's work with prostatic acid phosphatase, known as PAP, towards translational research. Several years ago, Zylka and members of his lab documented how injecting PAP into the spine eased chronic pain for up to three days in rodents.

Patients With Diabetes Benefit From Naturopathic Care

A new joint study by Group Health Research Institute and Bastyr University Research Institute found that type 2 diabetes patients who received naturopathic care (as an adjunct to conventional care) had lower blood-sugar levels, better eating and exercise habits, improved moods, and a stronger sense of control over their condition than did patients receiving only conventional care. The findings, published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, show that complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) may have several positive effects on people with type 2 diabetes, which affects nearly 26 million Americans. "The news is encouraging for those fighting the disease, " said Ryan Bradley, ND, MPH, director of the Center for Diabetes and Cardiovascular Wellness at Bastyr University and its clinic, the Bastyr Center for Natural Health.

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