Tai Chi for Stroke Rehabilitation on Balance and Cognition "TCSR"

Completed

Phase N/A Results N/A

Trial Description

Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese martial art, is a low intense aerobic exercise characterized by continuous movements that embrace the mind, body, and spirit. Tai Chi addresses the integration and balance of mind and body using the fundamental principles of slow, smooth, and continuous movement control, and the transfer of body weight while maintaining an upright and relaxed posture. The present randomized clinical trial project aims to apply the suggested principles as the typical features of Tai Chi applied stroke rehabilitation, and to evaluate the effects on physical (balance), psychological, and cognitive function.

Detailed Description

Cerebrovascular disease is a major global concern. The individuals with stroke would suffer from disease associated symptoms which influence their functioning in everyday life. These symptom clusters were usually known to be sharing similar underlying mechanisms. It is clear that the development of effective stroke rehabilitation involves interdisciplinary team approach to manage physical, social, cognitive, and psychological functioning in this population.
Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese martial art, is a low intense aerobic exercise characterized by continuous movements that embrace the mind, body, and spirit. Tai Chi addresses the integration and balance of mind and body using the fundamental principles of slow, smooth, and continuous movement control, and the transfer of body weight while maintaining an upright and relaxed posture. The newly developed style of Tai Chi for health programs is the seated Tai Chi, which shares the common Tai Chi principles while being modified to adjust the movements for patients with limited mobility.
The present randomized clinical trial project aims to apply the suggested principles as the typical features of Tai Chi applied stroke rehabilitation, and to evaluate the effects on physical (balance), psychological, and cognitive function. Only a few studies ever addressed the feasibility of Tai Chi for stroke rehabilitation, and the relationship between cognition and balance in this population is still very early stage of investigation. The main purpose of our collaborating project is to explore the direct relationship between cognition and balance in stroke patients during their rehabilitation process.

Conditions

Interventions

  • Tai Chi exercise Behavioral
    Other Names: seated Tai Chi
    Intervention Desc: exercise twice a week each for one hour
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: Tai Chi group
    Description: Tai Chi exercise, twice a week, one hour per session. participated in Tai Chi either while seated or standing upon their comfort level.
  • Symptom management Behavioral
    Other Names: message counselling
    Intervention Desc: sending text message weekly to manage symptoms related to stroke
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: Symptom management group
    Description: manage stroke symptom through phone and text message along with other rehabilitation therapy.

Trial Design

  • Allocation: Randomized
  • Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
  • Purpose: Treatment
  • Endpoint: Safety/Efficacy Study
  • Intervention: Parallel Assignment

Outcomes

Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary balance 3 months, 6 months No
Secondary activities of daily living 3 months, 6 months No
Secondary knee muscle strength 3 months, 6 months No

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