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Medical Research Archive

A collection of medical studies & articles regarding the effects strength training has on MS

Who conducts our research?

Meet our MS Research Specialist

LORI MAYER  DNP, FNP, MSN, RN, MSCN

 

Lori Mayer is our MS Research Specialist.  She has expertise in strategic planning, design, execution, and management of MS clinical research programs, as we as providing MS clinical care.  She has consulted and written MS protocols for clinical trials and has published articles in neurological journals.

She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (DNP), is currently MS-certified, Chair for the IOMSN Research Committee, member of the editorial board of the International Journal of MS Care and Chair of the editorial board for LiveWiseMS.  She is committed to enhancing the role of nursing in the care of MS patients and empowering nurses through education and the expansion of nursing research.

"Strength training improves gait"

MS Journal of Care Study

SUMMARY:

 

In 2019, the International Journal of MS Care published a study that showed strength training improves gait in people living with Multiple Sclerosis. 

RESULTS:

 

Thirteen trials met the inclusion criteria; nine used dosing consistent with recommended guidelines.  Overall, six studies reported significant between-group strength improvements, and four reported within-group changes.  Four studies reported significant between-group gait improvements for gait speed and/or endurance, and two reported within-group changes.

"Strength training improves neural drive"

N.C.B.I Research Study

SUMMARY:

 

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients suffer from impaired muscle activation and lower limb strength.  Strength training enhances muscle activation and muscle strength, but neural adaptions to strength training remain unexplored in MS patients.  The hypothesis was that maximal strength training (MST) using high loads and few repetitions would improve central neural drive and thus strength capacity of MS patients.

RESULTS:

 

This randomized study provides evidence that MST (Maximum Strength Training) is effective in augmenting the magnitude of efferent motor output of spinal motor neurons in MS patients, alleviating some neuromuscular symptoms linked to the disease.

"Exercise may improve mobility, fatigue ..."

Queen's University Study

SUMMARY:

 

The goal of this study was to conduct a systematic review of evidence surrounding the effects of exercise training on physical fitness, mobility, fatigue, and health-related quality of life in adults with multiple sclerosis (MS).

RESULTS:

 

Among those with mild to moderate disability from MS, there is sufficient evidence that exercise training is effective for improving both aerobic capacity and muscular strength.  Exercise may improve mobility, fatigue, and health-related quality of life.

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More research articles

Below you can find the rest of our research studies and articles regarding the benefits of strength training for Multiple Sclerosis

https://ijmsc.org/doi/full/10.7224/1537-2073.2017-079

https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Living-Well-With-MS/Diet-Exercise-Healthy-Behaviors/Exercise

https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Programs-and-Services/Programs/Mood-in-MS,-August-9

https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Programs-and-Services/Programs/Exercise-and-Cognition,-January-12

https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Programs-and-Services/Resources/Exercise-as-Part-of-Everyday-Life-(-pdf)?page=1&orderby=3&order=asc

https://www.webmd.com/multiple-sclerosis/multiple-sclerosis-exercise#1

http://www.activemsers.org/exercisesstretches/tipsexercisingwithms.html

https://www.mssociety.org.uk/care-and-support/everyday-living/staying-active/simple-exercises-for-ms

http://msrrtc.washington.edu/info/factsheets/exercise

https://overcomingms.org/recovery-program/exercise

https://www.healthline.com/health/multiple-sclerosis/exercises#1

https://www.mstrust.org.uk/life-ms/exercise

https://www.healthcentral.com/article/can-you-exercise-if-you-have-multiple-sclerosis-yes-you-can

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3302199/

https://www.msconnection.org/Blog/October-2013/New-thoughts-on-exercise-and-MS

https://www.everydayhealth.com/multiple-sclerosis/living-with/best-exercises-boost-wellness-with-multiple-sclerosis/

http://msrrtc.washington.edu/info/factsheets/exercise

https://www.nytimes.com/section/well

https://www.nationalmssociety.org/For-Professionals/Clinical-Care/Managing-MS/Intro-to-MS-for-Fitness-Professionals/Module-3

https://livewisems.org/topics/physical-activity

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