Qigong and tai chi for physiotherapystudents

Published: 25 October 2013

Alternative medicine is now given place in the teaching of physiotherapy program at Luleå University of Technology.
For the first time, students in November will get an overview of qigong and tai chi from a rehabilitation perspective.

-We do not take this out because it's hip, but because it is more and more research papers on the Eastern practices qigong and tai chi coming that is coming to the conclusion that they have positive effects on human health. Therefore it is important to take it in education, says Irene Vikman, lecturer at the Department of Health.
-I myself work with accidents with falls and it has been found that tai chi has a preventive effect, she says.
-Tai chi is about to train strength, mobility, coordination, and also includes a measure of mindfulness, and it seems to reduce the risk for fallaccidents, says Irene Vikman.
Students who go third semester at the physiotherapy program in Luleå  will get the  opportunity to try qigong and tai-chi for a half day.
The idea is that the element should be made permanent in education.
-Generally there are in the health sciences research community, an interest in the study of Eastern practices, says Irene Vikman.
-Recently, for example, we read about an ongoing study in primary care in Skåne, where medical yoga is offered as a treatment for people with high blood pressure, she says.

Facts: Qigong is usually described as a health gymnastics of Chinese origin.
Tai chi is a slow gymnastics shape / movement meditation, akin to qigong.