Tai Chi as Physical Therapy

Using Tai Chi as Physical Therapy to Train Balance and Prevent Falls, while addressing other Chronic Conditions and Quality of Life Indicators.

In this course, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants and community based Tai Chi teachers learn from the same page (CDC’s Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance program). Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance, is an evidence based program*.  It is the result of years of research and has been shown to reduce the rate of falls among older adults by as much as 55%! Learning and Practicing Tai Chi is recommended for fall prevention by the American and British Geriatrics Association in their clinical guidelines for practice (2010).  Use Tai Chi as Physical Therapy for injury prevention, psycho-motor rehabilitation, and wellness activity.

Tai Chi (tie gee) and Qigong (chee goong) are defined as “Mind Body” practices, and are recognized by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services National Institutes of Health (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health) as Integrative Medicine practices. Tai Chi and qi gong are centuries-old, related mind and body practices. They involve certain postures and gentle movements with mental focus, breathing, and relaxation. The movements can be adapted or practiced while walking, standing, or sitting. In contrast to qi gong, tai chi movements, if practiced quickly, can be a form of combat or self-defense.

In this one day (8 CCU) Physical Therapist Continuing Education Course/Tai Chi Teacher Training Course, participants will learn:

  1. review evidence for using Tai Chi (and Qigong) as Physical Therapy, addressing other chronic conditions, and improving other quality of life indicators.
  2. use program materials for planning and analyzing fidelity of program implementation:
  •      program protocol
  •      a set of pre- and post program instruments
  •      the basic set of CDC’s Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance movements
  •      identify elementary qigong techniques

In the Extended Workshop (4 CCU)**  each participant will

  •      practice the elementary qigong techniques identified in the one day workshop.

Each participant will receive detailed lesson planning materials and video for home study.


Enjoy this brief video introduction to the program.

*evidence based as defined by HHS Agency for Community Living:  backed by peer reviewed publication, already fully disseminated/implemented in communities, training materials available to the public.
**Not yet reviewed, recommended as an additional opportunity to practice tai chi movements.