Yoga Exercise for Improving Balance in Patients With Subacute &Chronic Stroke

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Taiwan University Hospital Identifier:
First received: March 6, 2013
Last updated: February 9, 2014
Last verified: February 2014
Hypothesis: This study investigated the hypothesis that subacute and chronic stroke patients who received a combination of yoga and traditional physiotherapy were getting more improvement in standing balance than traditional physiotherapy. And we also hypothesis yoga can improve post-stroke depression symtom.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Yoga

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Yoga Exercise for Improving Balance in Patients With Subacute &Chronic Stroke : A Pilot Study

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Further study details as provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Berg Balance Scale [ Time Frame: within 7 days after finish yoga therapy course ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Taiwanese Depression Questionnaire [ Time Frame: within 7 days after finish yoga therapy course ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: March 2013
Study Completion Date: February 2014
Primary Completion Date: February 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Yoga training, Tradiational physiotherapy
Experimental Group(20 people) receive tradiational physiotherapy(4 times in a week, every time 1 hour), and 8-weeks yoga training(2 time in a week, every time 1 hour)
Behavioral: Yoga
No Intervention: Tradiational physiotherapy
Control Group(20 people)only receive tradiational rehabiliation( 4 times in a week, every time 1 hour ) for 8 weeks.


Ages Eligible for Study:   30 Years to 80 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. The time of stroke onset is more than 91 days.
  2. Able to stand for more than 1 minutes.
  3. Between the ages of 30 and 80.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Now receive others palliative therapy.
  2. Significant psychotic disease.
  3. Obvious language disorder.
  4. Medical contraindication(clincans evaluate cannot included).
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01806922

National Taiwan University Hospital Hsin-Chu Branch
Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, 30059
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Taiwan University Hospital
Principal Investigator: Yen-Ting Lai National Taiwan University Hospital Hsin-Chu Branch
  More Information

1.Tyson SF, Hanley M, Chillala J, Selley A, Tallis RC. Balance disability after stroke. Phys Ther. 2006;86:30. 2.Jorgensen L, Engstad T, Jacobsen BK. Higher incidence of falls in long-term stroke survivors than in population controls: Depressive symptoms predict falls after stroke. Stroke. 2002;33:542-547 3.Balance retraining after stroke using force platform biofeedback. Phys Ther. 1997 ; 77;553-58. 4.A yoga-based exercise program for people with chronic poststroke hemiparesis. Bastille JV, Gill-Body KM. Phys Ther. 2004 Jan;84(1):33-48. 5.Poststroke balance improves with yoga: a pilot study.Schmid AA, Van Puymbroeck M, Altenburger PA, Schalk NL, Dierks TA, Miller KK, Damush TM, Bravata DM, Williams LS. Stroke. 2012 Sep;43(9):2402-7. Epub 2012 Jul 26. 6.Chan W, Immink MA, Hillier S. Yoga and exercise for symptoms of depression and anxiety in people with poststroke disability: a randomized, controlled pilot trial. Altern Ther Health Med. 2012 May-Jun;18(3):34-43.

Responsible Party: National Taiwan University Hospital Identifier: NCT01806922     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 201210006RIB
Study First Received: March 6, 2013
Last Updated: February 9, 2014
Health Authority: Taiwan: Department of Health

Keywords provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:
Standing balance

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Nervous System Diseases
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