Home-based progressive exercise training in multiple sclerosis
Schik, Caroline Mary
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Clinic-based exercise is shown to enhance physical function and reduce premature disability in persons with multiple sclerosis (MS), however it isn’t always feasible. The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of home-based exercise and whether it would improve physical performance measures in MS. Seven ambulatory individuals with MS exercised 3 days/wk for 8 wks (15 upper & lower body exercises; 3x10-15). Overall physical function (pre: 45.02±14.31; post: 51.31±16.05; p=0.008), balance & coordination (pre: 44.04±13.64; post: 50.20±16.45; p=0.008) and endurance (pre: 45.19±14.89; post: 51.32±16.94; p=0.008) as part of the CS-PFP10, improved. Two of seven strength measures improved (Seated Row pre: 116.25±38.30; post: 123.57±46.61; p=0.014; Leg Curl pre: 95.63±36.78; post: 103.57±39.87; p=0.008) whereas mobility was unchanged. In conclusion, this pilot study indicates that home-based programs may be feasible, however small improvements were seen when compared to clinic-based programs, suggesting home-based programs may be appropriate when clinic-based exercise aren’t available.