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      Comparison of Ai Chi and Impairment-Based Aquatic Therapy for Older Adults With Balance Problems: A Clinical Study.

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          Older adults with balance deficits often fear falling and limit their mobility. Poor balance is multifactorial, influenced by medication interactions, musculoskeletal and sensory system changes, and poor neuromuscular response to changes in body positions. Aquatic physical therapy (APT) is an intervention used to improve balance and decrease falls. Ai Chi is a water-based exercise program. It incorporates slow movements of progressive difficulty utilizing the upper and lower extremities and trunk coordinated with deep breathing. It is used for relaxation, strengthening, and balance. The purpose of this study was to determine whether Ai Chi provides better results than conventional impairment-based aquatic therapy (IBAT) for older adults with balance deficits.

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          Journal
          J Geriatr Phys Ther
          Journal of geriatric physical therapy (2001)
          Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health)
          2152-0895
          1539-8412
          Aug 03 2016
          Affiliations
          [1 ] 1Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa. 2Mercy Physical Therapy Clinics, Des Moines, Iowa.
          Article
          10.1519/JPT.0000000000000100
          27490823

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