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Title: Balance performance in irradiated survivors of nasopharyngeal cancer with and without tai chi qigong training
Authors: Fong, SSM
Chung, LMY
Tsang, WWN 
Leung, JCY
Charm, CYC
Luk, WS
Chow, LPY
Ng, SSM 
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Source: Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine, 2014, v. 2014, 719437 How to cite?
Journal: Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine 
Abstract: 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.
ISSN: 1741-427X
EISSN: 1741-4288
DOI: 10.1155/2014/719437
Rights: Copyright © 2014 Shirley S. M. Fong et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
The following article: Fong, S. S., Chung, L. M., Tsang, W. W., Leung, J. C., Charm, C. Y., Luk, W. S., ... & Ng, S. S. (2014). Balance performance in irradiated survivors of nasopharyngeal cancer with and without tai chi qigong training. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2014, is available at https//
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