Mercury News: Ancient art of tai chi finds new disciples
By Marissa Cevallos
Every Monday afternoon, a handful of people roll, hobble and shuffle to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center to learn an ancient art that students say reduces pain, steadies their balance and makes them feel happy.
For patients with spinal cord injuries-about 475 at Valley Medical alone-exercise options are slim, and most are done alone. Patients with spinal cord injuries are more likely to be depressed, and Shem hopes that tai chi, which is often done in a group, will help them feel more “emotionally connected.”