Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/17928
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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/17928
ISSN: 1741-427X
DOI: 10.1155/2014/719437
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