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

Elaheh Azimzadeha, Mohammad Ali Hosseinia,Kian Nourozia, Patricia Mary Davidson

Highlights
  • Tai Chi exercise is helpful to MS patients' movement balance.
  • Tai Chi exercise reduces the risk of fall.
  • Nurses can use Tai Chi as a preventive technique.

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.

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