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Effect of the Ai-Chi Method on Functional Activity, Quality of Life, and Posture in Patients With Parkinson Disease

Villegas, Isabela Lucia Pelloso PT; Israel, Vera Lucia PhD

doi: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000039
Effects of Exercise on Older People

Objective: To evaluate the effect of the Ai-Chi method on the functional activities, quality of life, and posture in patients with Parkinson disease.

Methods: The sample was divided into 2 groups: intervention (Ai-Chi method exercises; n = 8) and control group (without exercises; n = 7). Subjects were assessed for functional activities (Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale), quality of life (39-item Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire), and posture (postural assessment software SAPO).

Results: The subjects in the intervention group showed improvement in functional activities (Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale score, 38.3 vs 23.8, P = .02) and posture (21.53 vs 21.86, P = .029).

Conclusion: The Ai-Chi method improves functional activities and head posture in patients with Parkinson disease.

Physical Therapy, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil.

Correspondence: Isabela Lucia Pelloso Villegas, PT, Physical Therapy, Federal University of Paraná, Rua Dr. Correa Coelho, nº 744, ap 503, CEP 80210-350, Jardim Botânico, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil (isabelavillegas@hotmail.com).

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest in the research.

The authors thank the collaboration of the Paraná Association of Patients with Parkinsonism, the Ana Carolina Moura Xavier Rehabilitation Hospital, the Secretariat of Health of Paraná (SESA), teachers Anna Raquel Silveira Gomes (Federal University of Paraná—UFPR), and Ana Tereza Bittencourt Guimarães (University of West of Paraná State—UNIOESTE).

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