Patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) regain part of their balance control after a single training session of ball-throwing exercises, finds a study supported by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Researchers presented their study, “A Single-Session Training of Ball Throwing Exercise Improves Balance Control in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis,” at the  2017 Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC), taking place May 24-27 in New Orleans.

One of the initial disabling symptoms reported by MS patients is impaired balance control. That puts them at risk of major falls, contributing to a steep decline in their mobility and activity levels — and pointing to the need for new rehabilitation approaches to improve balance control among people with MS.

In the study, a team of researchers sought to assess “the feasibility of short-term training in improvement of anticipatory postural adjustments (APAs) and its effect on subsequent control of posture in individuals with MS.”

APAs, along with compensatory postural adjustments, are the two principal mechanisms the central nervous system uses to maintain equilibrium while standing… [Read More]

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