Department of Audiology Faculty Articles

Title

Impact of Tai Chi Exercise on Balance Disorders: A Systematic Review

ResearchID/ORCID ID

0000-0001-6770-4377

ISBN or ISSN

1558-9137

Volume

28

Issue

2

Publication Date / Copyright Date

6-2019

First Page

391

Last Page

404

Publisher

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

DOI Number

10.1044/2018_AJA-18-0115

Abstract

Purpose: Tai chi is receiving increasing research attention with its benefit of improving flexibility and balance. The objective of this review was to examine the evidence concerning the impact of tai chi as a practical therapy for vestibular rehabilitation on individuals with balance and vestibular disorders.

Method: A systematic review using 4 electronic databases was conducted. Randomized clinical trials and quasi-experimental studies were included.

Results: Four studies met the inclusion criteria and were included for data analysis. Results indicate positive effect of tai chi practice on dynamic postural stability in balance of its practitioners.

Conclusion: Tai chi may be a useful therapy for vestibular rehabilitation as it improves dynamic balance control and flexibility of individuals with balance and vestibular disorders.

Disciplines

Communication Sciences and Disorders | Medicine and Health Sciences | Speech and Hearing Science | Speech Pathology and Audiology

Keywords

balance, flexibility, tai chi, vestibular disorders, vestibular rehabilitation

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