Siskin Hospital Volunteer Earns Tai Chi Training Certification

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Carolyn Raborn
Carolyn Raborn

Siskin Hospital volunteer Carolyn Raborn has earned an instructor certification in Wheelchair Tai Chi, one of the most popular and effective mind-body healing arts for people with limited mobility.

Ms. Raborn, a paraplegic from an automobile accident and former Siskin Hospital patient, has attended Tai Chi classes for more than eight years. In 2008, she participated in a pilot study at Siskin Hospital performed by a group of UTC School of Physical Therapy researchers, led by Dr. Zibin Guo, a medical anthropologist and Tai Chi master. Dr. Guo developed the Four Moves of seated Tai Chi form which is structured according to the needs and characteristics of people with ambulatory difficulty. Results from the eight-week study suggested seated Tai Chi plays an important role in improvement of physical condition, including mobility and pain reduction. 

When the study ended, Ms. Raborn and her fellow participants pressed for a weekly Tai Chi class at the Siskin Health & Fitness Center, which Ms. Raborn has been attending ever since. Encouraged by her own physical improvement and Siskin Hospital staff, she decided to pursue instructional certification, offered here in Chattanooga by Dr. Guo. 

“I wanted to help other spinal-cord injured patients who were new to wheelchairs to keep strong,” says Ms. Raborn. “My volunteer work at Siskin Hospital is my opportunity to give back to the many people who helped me through one of the most difficult periods of my life.”

Ms. Raborn often visits new spinal-cord injured patients at the Hospital and she says they almost look relieved to see someone in a wheelchair coming in to see them.

“I know they get hope from the therapists and other staff,” says Ms. Raborn. “But I’ve experienced what it’s like to wake up one day and know you’ve got to learn to live your life in a totally different way. I share my story and invite them to the Tai Chi class.”

Tai Chi, a centuries-old healing art, generally consists of 24 postures. Dr. Guo designed the Wheelchair Tai Chi Instructor Training Workshop to include 13 postures for those with ambulatory limitations. His program subsequently debuted at the 2008 Paralympics.

To learn more about the Tai Chi Program at the Siskin Health & Fitness Center, call 634-1234 or visit www.siskinrehab.org.



Arts At Erlanger Accepting Submissions For Planes, Trains And Automobiles Gallery

The Arts at Erlanger Committee is now accepting submissions for the upcoming “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” gallery.  Artists may submit up to three pieces of any medium inspired by various modes of transportation including, but not limited to, planes, trains, automobiles, bicycles, etc. Entries will only be accepted from artists living within a 75-mile radius ... (click for more)

CHI Memorial Medical Group Hires Jenifer Herra, M.D.

CHI Memorial Medical Group announces Jenifer Herra, M.D., has joined CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates – Soddy Daisy.  Dr. Herra received her medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in West Indies.  She completed a residency in internal medicine at University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga.     Dr. Herra ... (click for more)

Farrow, Waldens Are Newest Lead Donors For Medal Of Honor Heritage Center Capital Campaign

Officials of the Medal of Honor Heritage Center on Tuesday announced the center has reached a major milestone in its agreement with River City Company to build the new Heritage Center at the former Visitors Center building in the Aquarium Plaza.  This milestone, to raise more than $3 million by the end of 2018, was made possible, in part, by a $250,000 gift from Farrow Family ... (click for more)

2 Bank Tellers Say They Are Positive Walter Rice Was Gunman Who Robbed Hixson Branch

Two tellers from the Hixson branch of the Bank of America testified Tuesday they are positive that Walter Frank Rice is the individual who robbed them at gunpoint last July 25. General Sessions Court Judge Lila Statom bound a bank robbery charge against Rice, 36, of 4734 Sabrina Lane, Hixson, to the Grand Jury. She raised his bond on the bank robbery charge to $250,000, calling ... (click for more)

Opioid Questions

I see now Governor Bredesen is running ads criticizing Rep. Blackburn for her support of the opioid bill. I do not know enough about opioids to offer an educated opinion but I am pretty good in math. When the bill came up for a vote every Democrat in the House and Senate voted for approval. In addition, Eric Holder's DOJ signed off on it. Obama's DEA signed off on it and the President ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: 2018 Ig Nobel Awards

The word ‘ignobel’ is rarely used because only a few among us know that it means "characterized by baseness, lowness, or meanness." About 30 years ago, a glorious group of great scholars took a literary hatchet to form the word into ‘ig nobel’ so it could be placed in the dictionary as a term that means “a satirical social criticism that identifies absurd research.” Think of ... (click for more)