Balance Matters: A neuro physical therapist’s journey to make “Sense” of Balance

Tai Chi for Balance with Diane Bailey

April 29, 2022 Erica Season 2 Episode 9
Balance Matters: A neuro physical therapist’s journey to make “Sense” of Balance
Tai Chi for Balance with Diane Bailey
Show Notes

Classic texts say that tai chi will help you become 
“Strong as an oak, flexible as a willow, and [mentally] clear as still water.”

It’s often called meditation in motion. Scientific studies are showing more and more health benefits that you can get from this practice.

Dianne Bailey, CSCS, FAS, CTCI

As a fitness professional, martial artist, and owner of a successful personal training studio in Denver, Dianne is passionate about creating the best opportunities for the mature adult to enjoy health and fitness. This passion has led her to create a system for learning Tai Chi which will empower fitness professionals to be able to offer this amazing form of exercise to their clientele and help others learn this wonderful form of “movement meditation.”  

Dianne is the author of three books:
 Eating Simply  

Open the Door to Tai Chi . . . Tai Chi for the Everyday Person

Healthy, Happy and Fit – Ageless Exercise to enjoy Your Best Years Yet

Dianne is a CSCS, a Functional Aging Specialist and a Certified Tai Chi Instructor. She has presented the benefits of Tai Chi at the Functional Aging Summit, ICAA Conference and Fitness Fest. In her engaging, easy-going yet commanding style, she hopes to encourage people to include Tai Chi in their offerings.

Here are some Tai Chi resources.

New 30 Days of Tai Chi.  Here is the link to Day 1.

A link to Diane's presentation, 'Who can use Tai Chi' 

 Tai Chi for Balance - VeDA (

Articles: (So many choices)

Wang LC, Ye MZ, Xiong J, Wang XQ, Wu JW, Zheng GH. Optimal exercise parameters of tai chi for balance performance in older adults: A meta-analysis. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021 Jul;69(7):2000-2010. doi: 10.1111/jgs.17094. Epub 2021 Mar 26. PMID: 33769556.

Hu C, Qin X, Jiang M, Tan M, Liu S, Lu Y, Lin C, Ye R. Effects of Tai Chi Exercise on Balance Function in Stroke Patients: An Overview of Systematic Review. Neural Plast. 2022 Mar 9;2022:3895514. doi: 10.1155/2022/3895514. PMID: 35309256; PMCID: PMC8926482.

Zhang T, Lv Z, Gao S. Tai Chi Training as a Primary Daily Care Plan for Better Balance Ability in People With Parkinson's Disease: An Opinion and Positioning Article. Front Neurol. 2021 Dec 24;12:812342. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2021.812342. PMID: 35002945; PMCID: PMC8739955.

Li G, Huang P, Cui SS, et al. Mechanisms of motor symptom improvement by long-term Tai Chi training in Parkinson's disease patients. Transl Neurodegener. 2022;11(1):6. Published 2022 Feb 7. doi:10.1186/s40035-022-00280-7

Guo G, Wu B, Xie S, et al. Effectiveness and safety of Tai Chi for chronic pain of knee osteoarthritis: A protocol for systematic review and meta-analysis. Medicine (Baltimore). 2022;101(2):e28497. doi:10.1097/MD.0000000000028497

Winser SJ, Tsang WW, Krishnamurthy K, Kannan P. Does Tai Chi improve balance and reduce falls incidence in neurological disorders? a systematic review and meta-analysis. Clin Rehabil. (2018) 32:1157–68. 10.1177

Zou L, Han J, Li C, Yeung AS, Hui SS-C, Tsang WWN, et al. . Effects of tai chi on lower limb proprioception in adults aged over 55: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. (2019) 100:1102–13. 10.1016/j.apmr.2018.07.425