Tai Chi in Neuro-Rehabilitation
- 2 hours on-demand video
- 3 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
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- The need for mind-body approaches in community neuro-rehabilitation services, in response to diverse difficulties for people with neurological conditions.
- The folklore traditions around the origins and characteristics of Tai Chi.
- A summary of the evidence base of the application of tai chi interventions for complex health and neurological conditions.
- An exploration of the internal, psychological dimension of tai chi practice, and the clinical relevance of such.
- The conceptualisation of this internal dimension using the concept of flow state experiences.
- A programme of research to use flow to adapt the learning and practice of tai chi for people with neurological conditions.
- The role of tai chi and related practices (yoga, mindfulness) in offering new directions for fatigue management for neurological conditions.
- The use of tai chi and mindfulness as forms of emotional support for people with aphasia and restricted verbal communication.
- Professional training in (or studying for) a core neuro-rehabilitation profession and/or mind-body practice such as tai chi, yoga, qi gong or mindfulness.
This course briefly covers the rationale, theory and evidence-base for the use of Tai Chi and related approaches (qi gong, yoga and mindfulness) within neuro-rehabilitation. A critical perspective is offered on existing gaps in the literature and inter-relationship of research findings with clinical need and gaps in service models.
The specific application of tai chi in fatigue management and wellbeing support for people with aphasia is considered in turn. In addition to powerpoint-based didactic learning, experiential practical qi gong exercises are demonstrated to help professionals experience the concepts we discuss in the course. This course is NOT an instructional programme in how to teach tai chi movements to people with neurological conditions.
- Physiotherapists; Tai Chi Instructors; Clinical neuropsychologists; clinical psychologists in neuropsychology; psychotherapists; counsellors; speech and language therapists; occupational therapists; rehabilitation doctors and nurses; students