Effect of Tai Chi Chuan on balance in women with multiple sclerosis

Elaheh Azimzadeh, Mohammad Ali Hosseini, Kian Nourozi, Patricia Mary Davidson

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Abstract

Objective: To examine the effect of Tai Chi Chuan on balance in women with multiple sclerosis in Iran. Design: 36 women with multiple sclerosis who were members of the Iranian Multiple Sclerosis Society participated in this study. 18 participants were allocated to the intervention group and 18 allocated to the control group. The intervention consisted of Yang style Tai Chi Chuan exercise sessions twice a week for 12 weeks. Main outcome measures: This study used a demographic questionnaire and the Berg Balance Scale (BBS) to collect data. Results: After 12 weeks, the mean score of the BBS in the intervention group demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in comparison with baseline status. Conclusions: The results suggest that Tai Chi Chuan could be used as a safe complementary intervention to increase balance in patients with multiple sclerosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-60
Number of pages4
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015

Keywords

  • Balance
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Tai Chi Chuan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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