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    Canadian researchers launch new MS mobility study

    Exercise and MS For people living with Multiple Sclerosis, some of the simple things many of us take for granted can be daunting. And, too often that leads to a withdrawal of activities for the person living with the disease. A group of local researchers is trying to change that by helping MS patients stay mobile one step at a time.

    With every step, Rob Loewen is fighting to keep his independence. He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1992 but says he's been living with the symptoms much longer-symptoms that have made life a challenge.

    "You plan a day and think here's a few things I want to achieve today. And at the end of the day, you say, I did nothing. That's pretty hard to live with," says Loewen.

    It's Loewen's determination to stay active that has led him to be screened for a new pilot project in Saskatoon. Researchers are working with MS patients to maintain their independence by engaging in exercises that promote mobility and help them with everyday activities.

    "In this particular case, regular mobility involves us doing things we take for granted, like getting across a crosswalk in time, getting up a flight of stairs without having to hold onto a handrail," says lead researcher with the project Larry Brawley.

    Brawley says those seemingly easy tasks can be daunting for MS patients. And, too often, that results in a loss of confidence and a withdrawal from activities all together. "Our motto here would be rather than run, our motto for this program would be we'd like to get people to walk before they run to make sure their mobility is preserved."

    Dr. Katherine Knox is the director of the Saskatoon Multiple Sclerosis Clinic. She says preserving that mobility is especially important as MS is a progressive disease.

    "People who maintain an active lifestyle and activity program that focuses on maintaining balance, range of motion and aerobic conditioning, they tend to live better with their disease," says Dr. Knox.

    People like Rob Loewen. Although he has good days and bad, he applauds any effort to help those in similar situations stay on their feet, and fight MS, every step of the way.

    "I'm always looking for the next challenge to enhance my quality of life and there's no shortage of those," says Loewen.

    Source CTV News © 2012 CTV Bell Media (09/05/12)

    Effects of 3 weeks’ whole body vibration training on MS


    Background: Exercise therapy in persons with multiple sclerosis (MS) is effective for improving muscle strength and functional mobility.

    Objective: To investigate, in MS patients attending an in-patient rehabilitation program, the additional effects of a 3-week exercise program, performed on a whole body vibration platform, on muscle strength and functionality.

    Methods: Median Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) of participating patients was 5.5. This randomized controlled trial differentiated a MS control group (n = 17) and two exercise groups performing exercises on a vibration platform (WBV-full group, n = 20) and on the platform additionally covered by a damping mat (WBV-light group, n = 18). Exercise groups performed, during 10 training sessions, six static and dynamic exercises standing on a platform vibrating at high frequency and low amplitude. Isometric muscle strength of quadriceps, hamstrings, tibialis anterior and gluteus medius was measured with a hand-held dynamometer. Functional mobility was measured with Berg Balance Scale (BBS), 3-minute walk test and Timed Get up and Go test.

    Results: Eight drop-outs occurred in the exercise groups (WBV-full = 4, WBV-light = 4), but were unrelated to WBV as type of intervention. Across groups, significant time effects were found for all muscle groups. For maximal quadriceps and hamstrings muscle strength, interaction effects were found with post-hoc tests indicating exercise group-significant improvements in the WBV-full group only. Significant time effects were found for all functional tests. Improvements on the BBS and 3-minute walk test were larger in training than in control groups, but no significant interactions were found.

    Conclusions: A 3-week exercise program on a vibration plate significantly improved muscle strength, but not functionality, in persons with MS.

    Effects of 3 weeks’ whole body vibration training on muscle strength and functional mobility in hospitalized persons with multiple sclerosis

    Marieke Claerbout, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, AZ Sint-Blasius Dendermonde, Belgium; Benoit Gebara, National MS Center Melsbroek, University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium; Stefan Ilsbroukx, National MS Center Melsbroek, University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium; Sabine Verschueren, Department of Biomedical Kinesiology, K.U. Leuven, Belgium; Koen Peers, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium; Paul Van Asch, Fit Up, Fitness and Rehabilitation Center Kontich, Belgium; Peter Feys, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, K.U. Leuven, Belgium; BIOMED, Hasselt University and REVAL Research Institute, PHL University College, Belgium

    Source: Sage Journals Online Copyright © 2011 by SAGE Publications (16/11/11)

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