Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is an inherited kidney disease, but it is also an incurable condition at present. A healthier diet and correct exercise play an important role in the treatment. As one of popular and easy exercise, Tai Chi can be part of the treatment for Polycystic Kidney Disease.
In ancient China, all diseases can be due to the unbalance of Yin and Yang. Tai Chi is just the combination of these two aspects. It is able to adjust people’s immune system and strengthen their muscles. In addition, it can also help reduce high blood pressure and relieve back pain which are both the main clinical symptoms of Polycystic Kidney Disease. Therefore, we may say Tai Chi can be part of treatment for Polycystic Kidney Disease.
If you are one of PKD patients and want to learn Tai Chi, you may start from the Tai Chi 24-form which is relatively easy for the beginner, and your Tai Chi class usually includes:
● Warm-up: You need to do some easy motions before doing Tai Chi to make your body warm up, especially in winter. Turning your head from one side then to another, shoulder circles or rocking back all can help loosen your muscle and joints to prepare for the following motions.
● Tai Chi motions: Tai Chi is usually divided into two types: short form and long form. The former may include a dozen or fewer movements, while the later includes hundreds of movements. Short form is more suitable for the beginner, especially the one with PKD.
● Gentle breathing: as a finish, you should have a few minutes of gentle breathing, which can help relax your mind and mobilize your body’s energy.
After a period of exercise, you will find your high blood pressure reducing from 3 to 32 mm Hg in systolic pressure and from 2 to 18 mm Hg in diastolic pressure, and your back pain is remitted. Tai Chi can be part of treatment for Polycystic Kidney Disease, and it is indeed already loved by many patients with this disease. If you want to know more information, you can refer to a Tai Chi master or see some videos.