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Study: Stepping & Body-Weight Supported Treadmill Training Can Benefit Patients with Progressive MS

October 27, 2016

The September/October edition of the International Journal of MS Care ran a study that tried to determine the benefits of exercise training in individuals with progressive MS.

A potential exercise rehabilitation approach is total-body recumbent stepper training. The researchers evaluated the safety and participant-reported experience of the step training in people with progressive MS and compared the efficacy of the training with that of body weight–supported treadmill training on outcomes of function, fatigue, and quality of life.

12 participants with progressive MS with Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) were randomized to receive one of the two types of training. Over 12 weeks they trained for a ½ hour, 3 times a week.

Both exercises groups took place in a safe environment and participants thoroughly enjoyed the training. Both training groups reported reduced fatigue and an improved quality of life, however, step training scored a bit more favorably.

The researchers determined that both types of training reduced fatigue and improved the patient’s quality of life, and that step training should be further explored as an exercise rehabilitation tool for patients with progressive MS.