Treadmill use could provide benefits for those with multiple sclerosis who are still ambulatory.
Managing the cognitive impairment in patients suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS), has long been an integral focus of MS research. Experts had found exercise training to be a possible approach to controlling cognitive decline, and concluded – through preliminary evidence – treadmill walking (TMW) could be the most beneficial method for improving “inhibitory control” (IC) in “fully ambulatory” people afflicted with MS.
Brian M. Sandroff, PhD, Kessler Foundation, at the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS) 2016 Forum, shared results from two studies exploring the different intensity levels of TMW exercise.
Sandroff and colleagues hoped to also understand whether increases in core body temperature (CB temp) negate the potentially beneficial effects of TMW exercise on IC to discern the optimal exercise stimulus for improving cognition in MS.
Study 1 compared the acute effects of light, moderate, and vigorous TMW intensity exercise on IC in 24 patients with MS. Participants were required to complete four experimental conditions: 20 minutes of light, moderate, and vigorous intensity TMW exercise, and quiet rest in a randomized and counterbalanced order – IC was measured before and after each condition.
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