Cancer Center Offers Supportive Care with Tai Chi and Qi Gong Program
The Cape Breton Cancer Center is offering a free supportive care program focusing on traditional Chinese healing exercises. Tai Chi and Qi Gong are gentle movement exercises emphasizing the integration of mind, body, and breathing. This “moving form of meditation” has a wide range of physical and mental health benefits and is suitable for all abilities, even wheelchair bound.
The program instructor is Dr. Michael Milburn, who has over 30 years of experience with Chinese healing exercise and has taught Qi Gong and Tai Chi in communities through Cape Breton. Dr. Milburn teaches a range of programs for arthritis, women’s health, and back pain, as well as traditional tai chi forms.
Qi Gong and Tai Chi are part of the medical tradition of China and have been studied extensively using modern research techniques. According to Harvard University, these exercises improve muscle strength, flexibility, balance and aerobic conditioning and are using for a range of medical conditions including arthritis, low bone density, heart disease, Parkinson’s, stroke and sleep problems. It has also been studied as an important complementary cancer therapy, improving quality of life and functional capacity.
Chinese healing exercises have even been studied in Nova Scotia. Dalhousie researchers have studied Qi Gong for its benefits with the painful muscle condition fibromyalgia and Dr. Michael Milburn has carried out a year-long research project demonstrating physical and mental health benefits to seniors in the fishing community of Main-a-Dieu.
The program is open to anyone whose has experienced cancer and a support person. People can register free of charge by contacting the Cancer Center at 567-8074. The program will run from December to March and is held at the Pier Legion on Victoria Rd.