Balance performance in irradiated survivors of nasopharyngeal cancer with and without tai chi qigong training

Shirley S.M. Fong, Louisa M.Y. Chung, Wai Nam Tsang, Joyce C.Y. Leung, Caroline Y.C. Charm, W. S. Luk, Lina P.Y. Chow, Sheung Mei Shamay Ng

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M. Fong et al. This cross-sectional exploratory study aimed to compare the one-leg-stance time and the six-minute walk distance among TC Qigong-trained NPC survivors, untrained NPC survivors, and healthy individuals. Twenty-five survivors of NPC with TC Qigong experience, 27 survivors of NPC without TC Qigong experience, and 68 healthy individuals formed the NPC-TC Qigong group, NPC-control group, and healthy-control group, respectively. The one-leg-stance (OLS) timed test was conducted to assess the single-leg standing balance performance of the participants in four conditions: (1) standing on a stable surface with eyes open, (2) standing on a compliant surface with eyes open, (3) standing on a stable surface with eyes closed, and (4) standing on a compliant surface with eyes closed. The six-minute walk test (6MWT) was used to determine the functional balance performance of the participants. Results showed that the NPC-control group had a shorter OLS time in all of the visual and supporting surface conditions than the healthy control group (P < 0.05). The OLS time of the TC Qigong-NPC group was comparable to that of the healthy control group in the somatosensory-challenging condition (condition 3) (P = 0.168) only. Additionally, there was no significant difference in the 6MWT distance among the three groups (P > 0.05). TC Qigong may be a rehabilitation exercise that improves somatosensory function and OLS balance performance among survivors of NPC.
Original languageEnglish
Article number719437
JournalEvidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2014

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  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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