Exercise Program for MS Using Ballet Improves Motor Control and Balance, Study Reports

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Exercise Program for MS Using Ballet Improves Motor Control and Balance, Study Reports

Read about a small study finding a program using ballet movements improved motor control and balance in women with multiple sclerosis.

A non-traditional exercise program that incorporates movements used in ballet was found to improve motor control and balance in women with multiple sclerosis, leading its researchers to recommend dance movements be part of such interventions for MS patients.

The study, “Targeted ballet program mitigates ataxia and improves balance in females with mild-to-moderate multiple sclerosis,” was one of the first to evaluate ballet movements in MS and funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. It was recently published in the journal PLOSOne.

A common issue with MS patients is a deficit in sensorimotor function, often resulting in a lack of coordination, loss of static and dynamic balance control, and impaired gait. Mild-to-moderate MS disability ranges from moderate restrictions in movement to an inability to walk more than 20 meters, according to the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS). Such impairment affects a person’s quality of life.

Large-scale analysis shows that physiotherapy interventions focused on balance and walking outcomes are only moderately effective.

Interest, for this reason, is growing in alternative programs like dance. In particular, ballet is known in healthy adults to improve balance, an ability to sense the body’s position and motion, sensorimotor networks, and coordination involving complex movements. Some researchers believe these benefits may extend to MS patients with compromised motor function.

Read on: Exercise Program for MS Using Ballet Improves Motor Control and Balance, Study Reports

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