Exercise in the treatment of multiple sclerosis

CARTER, Anouska, HUMPHREYS, Liam and SHARRACK, B. (2017). Exercise in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. In: WATSON, Ronald Ross and KILLGORE, William D. S., (eds.) Nutrition and lifestyle in neurological autoimmune diseases. Multiple sclerosis. London, Academic Press, 179-187.

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Link to published version:: 10.1016/B978-0-12-805298-3.00018-9

Abstract

Exercise has been shown to be effective in improving health outcomes of people with multiple sclerosis (MS). However, systematic reviews and meta-analysis into the benefits of exercise for people with MS have highlighted a need for robustly designed research trials.This chapter discusses the development, implementation, and findings of a pragmatically designed exercise trial in people with MS, the ExIMS (Exercise Interventions in Multiple Sclerosis) trial. The pragmatic approach adopted in the ExIMS trial involved a tailored exercise program guided by the individual and cognitive behavioral techniques to promote long-term adherence. The results from the ExIMS trial increased self-reported exercise behavior, improved fatigue, and led to a sustained enhancement of health-related quality of life in people with MS.The results provide evidence that a pragmatic approach to exercise can have important long-term health benefits that improve self-management in people with MS. The ExIMS should offer encouragement to health professionals to motivate individuals with MS to exercise.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
Identification Number: 10.1016/B978-0-12-805298-3.00018-9
Depositing User: Carmel House
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2017 15:59
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2017 15:59
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16465

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