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Elastic Resistance Bands Improve Strength in Ongoing Study from Team Funded by National MS Society

March 16, 2016

Preliminary results from an ongoing study show how an exercise training program using only elastic resistance bands can improve strength significantly in people with MS. Kathleen M. Zackowski, PhD, OTR, and a collaborating team are funded by the National MS Society to perform a 12-week progressive resistive training trial in a group of 30 people with MS and 30 controls without MS. They are measuring sensory and motor impairments, walking ability, and function before and after the intervention to see whether this low-tech approach can improve strength and mobility.
Watch a video on these preliminary findings, published in the video journal JOVE
Learn more about exercise programs – even simple stretches at home – that show benefits for people with MS

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Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. Currently there is no cure. Symptoms vary from person to person and may include disabling fatigue, mobility challenges, cognitive changes, and vision issues. An estimated 1 million people live with MS in the United States. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to minimize disability. Significant progress is being made to achieve a world free of MS.


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