Complementary/Alternative Medicine for Abnormality in the Vestibular (Balance) System

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00032383
First received: March 20, 2002
Last updated: January 19, 2007
Last verified: July 2006

March 20, 2002
January 19, 2007
April 2001
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Complementary/Alternative Medicine for Abnormality in the Vestibular (Balance) System
Complementary/Alternative Medicine for Vestibulopathy

The purpose of this study is to determine the relative merits of vestibular rehabilitation and Tai Chi for patients with inner ear (vestibular) disorders.

It is proposed a randomized, blinded, controlled trial comparing vestibular rehabilitation (VR) to Tai Chi (TC). Our overall goal is to explore whether, and if so, how TC can improve functional, dynamic stability in persons with vestibulopathy (VSP). It is hypothesized that the TC group will demonstrate significantly greater improvement in performing functional activities than the VR group.

Sixty subjects will be randomly assigned into either TC instruction or VR. Both treatment groups will receive identical duration treatment once a week for 10 weeks, with supplemental home exercises. It is hypothesized that 1) TC improves whole-body dynamic locomotor stability more than does VR; 2) TC improves gait coordination during planned and unplanned obstacle encounters more than does VR; 3) TC improves whole-body speed related movement control more than does VR.

Interventional
Phase 1
Phase 2
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Vestibular Neuronitis
  • Vestibulopathy
Behavioral: Tai Chi
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Completed
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April 2003
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Main inclusion criteria:

  • vestibulopathy and locomotor unsteadiness

Main exclusion criteria:

  • diseases/impairments that prevent rehab participation.
Both
18 Years and older
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United States
 
NCT00032383
R21 AT000553-01
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National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
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National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
July 2006

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