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Improving Cutaneous Sensation and Balance in People with Multiple Sclerosis

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University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA

Improving Cutaneous Sensation and Balance in People with Multiple Sclerosis

Recruitment Period:

December 2013 – September 2014

Principal Investigator:

Richard Van Emmerik, PhD, Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Description of Study:

The Multiple Sclerosis Research Group at the University of Massachusetts is conducting a study that examines the effects of enhancing sensation of the feet on standing balance in people with and without MS.

Methodology:

Participants will be asked to complete a series of questionnaires as well as physical tests including walking short distances at moderate and brisk paces, repeatedly standing from a chair and performing foot taps while seated, sensory testing of the feet and functional standing tasks (quiet standing, heel-toe stance, forward and backward reaching and leaning). During the standing tests we will apply an undetectable, non-invasive vibration to the soles of the feet using small vibration devices embedded in shoe soles that have been shown to increase skin sensitivity and balance. These tests take place in the Motor Control Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and will last for approximately 3 hours.

Location of Study/Trial:

Telephone interview first to determine eligibility. If eligible, then one in-person visit to the UMASS, Department of Kinesiology lasting 3 hours is required. 

Recruiting:

  • Females or males who are between 21 and 65 years of age
  • With or without a diagnosis of MS
  • Do not use an ambulation device for normal daily activities although may have some occasional use of aids
  • Able to walk unaided at self-determined normal and brisk paces and can stand for 20 - 30 minutes

Compensation:

Participants will receive $25 following completion of the study     

For more details/or to participate:

Contact the Motor Control laboratory via email at msbalancestudy@gmail.com

Sponsor:

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Contact information

msbalancestudy@gmail.com

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