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

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Identifier:
First received: March 20, 2002
Last updated: January 19, 2007
Last verified: July 2006
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 Intervention Phase
Vestibular Neuronitis Vestibulopathy Behavioral: Tai Chi Phase 1 Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Complementary/Alternative Medicine for Vestibulopathy

Further study details as provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: April 2001
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2003
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.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
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: NCT00032383

United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital Biomotion Laboratory
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
  More Information Identifier: NCT00032383     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21AT000553-01 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: March 20, 2002
Last Updated: January 19, 2007

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
Tai Chi

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Vestibular Neuronitis
Vestibulocochlear Nerve Diseases
Retrocochlear Diseases
Ear Diseases
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases
Cranial Nerve Diseases
Nervous System Diseases processed this record on September 20, 2017