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

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00032383
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 22, 2002
Last Update Posted : January 22, 2007
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

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

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Vestibular Neuronitis Vestibulopathy Behavioral: Tai Chi Phase 1 Phase 2

Detailed Description:

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.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 60 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Complementary/Alternative Medicine for Vestibulopathy
Study Start Date : April 2001
Study Completion Date : April 2003

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Main inclusion criteria:

  • vestibulopathy and locomotor unsteadiness

Main exclusion criteria:

  • diseases/impairments that prevent rehab participation.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00032383

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United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital Biomotion Laboratory
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00032383     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21AT000553-01 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: March 22, 2002    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 22, 2007
Last Verified: July 2006
Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
Tai Chi
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Vestibular Neuronitis
Vestibulocochlear Nerve Diseases
Retrocochlear Diseases
Ear Diseases
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases
Cranial Nerve Diseases
Nervous System Diseases