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Effects of Dance and of Tai Chi on Functional Mobility, Balance, and Agility in Parkinson Disease

A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Mazzarin, Camila Monteiro BS; Valderramas, Silvia Regina PhD; de Paula Ferreira, Manoela MD; Tiepolo, Eleonora BS; Guérios, Lara PhD; Parisotto, Daniele MD; Israel, Vera Lúcia PhD

doi: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000163
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Introduction: Parkinson disease has symptoms that can be reduced by integrative therapy.

Objective: To verify the integrative therapy effects with motion mobility, balance, and agility in people with Parkinson disease.

Methods: A systematic review with meta-analysis was performed for randomized, nonrandomized, and semirandomized controlled trials.

Results: A total of 122 studies were found, with 9 being selected, for people with Parkinson disease. The intervention varied from 2 weeks to 12 months, with dance and Tai Chi.

Conclusion: The dance and Tai Chi brought no significant differences in balance and agility. Tai Chi improved mobility compared with other therapies.

Department of prevention and rehabilitation in Physical Therapy, Federal University of Paraná, Curitiba, Paraná, Brasil (Mss Mazzarin, Ferreira and Tiepolo, and Mr Parisotto and Drs Valderramas and Israel); Multidisciplinary Residency Program in Health HC/UFPR, Curitiba, PR, Brasil (Dr Valderramas); and Department of Physical Therapy, Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná, Curitiba, Paraná, Brasil (Dr Guérios).

Correspondence: Vera Lúcia Israel, PhD. Universidade Federal do Paraná. Setor de Ciências Biológicas. Departamento de Prevenção e Reabilitação em Fisioterapia. Avenida Coronel Francisco H. do Santos, 100. Caixa Postal: 19031. Centro Politécnico - Jardim das Américas. CEP: 81531-980 - Curitiba (PR), Brasil. (

The authors affirm that they have no interests which could be considered as a representation of a possible conflict or prejudice, and there was no financing source for this research.

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