Effects of T'ai Chi on balance

Timothy C. Hain*, Lyn Fuller, Linda Weil, John Kotsias

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Abstract

Objective: To determine if the practice of T'ai Chi significantly improves balance. Methods: Twenty-two persons with mild balance disorders were studied. Five measures of balance were obtained, including 3 objective measures (moving platform posturography, Romberg testing, and reach testing) and 2 disability questionnaires (Dizziness Handicap Inventory and a modified Medical Outcomes Study general health survey). To be included, patients were required to be able to stand in the eyes-closed regular Romberg position for 30 seconds. The subjects underwent 8 weeks of T'ai Chi training and practice land then were retested. Results: Highly significant improvements were found on both the posturography test and the Dizziness Handicap Inventory questionnaire scores (P < .001 and P = .004, respectively). Trends toward improvement were also noted in Romberg test results and the Medical Outcomes Study survey (P = .03 for both). Reach was not improved. Conclusion: These findings suggest that T'ai Chi training improves balance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1191-1195
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Volume125
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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