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Multiple Sclerosis Research

  1. Motor Imagery for Patients Diagnosed with Stroke, Brain Injury or Multiple Sclerosis

    Researchers from the Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom investigated the feasibility of integrating a motor imagery program into a treatment regimen of physiotherapy and occupational therapy for patients diagnosed with stroke, brain injury or multiple sclerosis.

    Thirty inpatients and outpatients in treatment at a neurologic rehabilitation center participated in the study. A parallel-group, phase II, assessor-blind randomized controlled trial compared motor imagery embedded in treatment as usual with treatment as usual only. Subjects were assessed at baseline, after 6 weeks (post-intervention), and after 12 weeks (follow-up).

    A motor imagery strategy was developed and integrated into treatment as usual (physiotherapy and occupational therapy) which was tailored to individual goals, and applied to any activity. The control group received standard care (physiotherapy and occupational therapy).

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  2. The effects of imagery on attitudes and moods in multiple sclerosis patients.

    The effects of imagery on attitudes and moods in multiple sclerosis patients.
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  3. Randomized controlled trial of yoga and exercise in multiple sclerosis.

    Researchers in Oregon discover that Yoga and exercise help alleviate fatigue in people suffering with multiple sclerosis, but do not seem to help with mood or cognitive function..

    Researchers from The Department of Neurology at The Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, investigated the effects of yoga and of aerobic exercise on the cognitive function, fatigue, mood, and quality of life in people challenged by multiple sclerosis (MS).

    Sixty-nine subjects were randomly assigned to one of three groups lasting 6 months: (1) weekly Iyengar yoga class, along with home practice; (2) weekly exercise class using a stationary bicycle along with home exercise; or (3) a waiting-list control group. Outcome assessments were performed at baseline and at the end of the 6-month period, and included a battery of cognitive measures focused on attention, physiologic measures of alertness, Profile of Mood States, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, Multi-Dimensional Fatigue Inventory (MFI), and Short Form (SF)-36 health-related quality of life.

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  4. Effectiveness of non-pharmacological interventions for fatigue in adults with multiple sclerosis.

    Low Impact Exercise Reduces Fatigue in Adults with Autoimmune Conditions such as MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus

    A systematic review of the literature reveals that low impact aerobic exercise, gradually increasing in intensity, duration & frequency, reduces fatigue in people with auto-immune conditions.

    Researchers from Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia did a systematic review of non-pharmacological interventions for fatigue in adults with three common autoimmune conditions: M.S., rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. The literature search included 19 electronic databases and libraries, three evidence-based journals and two internet search engines, from 1987-2006, and limited to English.

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