The purpose of this study is to determine the relative merits of vestibular rehabilitation
and Tai Chi for patients with inner ear (vestibular) disorders.
It is proposed a randomized, blinded, controlled trial comparing vestibular rehabilitation
(VR) to Tai Chi (TC). Our overall goal is to explore whether, and if so, how TC can improve
functional, dynamic stability in persons with vestibulopathy (VSP). It is hypothesized that
the TC group will demonstrate significantly greater improvement in performing functional
activities than the VR group.
Sixty subjects will be randomly assigned into either TC instruction or VR. Both treatment
groups will receive identical duration treatment once a week for 10 weeks, with supplemental
home exercises. It is hypothesized that 1) TC improves whole-body dynamic locomotor
stability more than does VR; 2) TC improves gait coordination during planned and unplanned
obstacle encounters more than does VR; 3) TC improves whole-body speed related movement
control more than does VR.
Main inclusion criteria:
- vestibulopathy and locomotor unsteadiness
Main exclusion criteria:
- diseases/impairments that prevent rehab participation.