The effectiveness of a walking exercise program with sensory cues on the duration of lower limb muscle activity in patients with MS

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Faculty of Literature and Humanities, University of Zabol, Zabol, Iran. (Corresponding Author)

2 Medical Student, Isfahan Medical University, Iran


Introduction: MS is due to the loss of inflammatory myelin of the central nervous system that is able to walk, affect the quality of life; Thus, The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a walking exercise program with sensory cues on the duration of lower limb muscle activity in patients with MS.
Methods: The present study was a quasi-experimental and the statistical population included all patients who were members of Zahedan MS Association, from which 28 volunteer patients (9 males and 19 females) with an age range of 25 to 45 years were selected. Experimental group exercises include; Walking with auditory weight signals and for the control group including; Walking was easy. Exercises were performed for six weeks, three sessions per week and each session lasted 30 minutes. Before and after exercise, duration of muscle activity; Hamsters and twins were measured by surface electromyography. Data analysis was performed using covariance analysis model and non-parametric bootstrap method in covariance analysis model.
Results: The findings showed; Rhythmic sensory cues had a significant effect on the duration of hamstring and Gastrocnemius muscle activity in the stance phase (p <0.05). also; Despite the lack of significant differences in the duration of hamstring and Gastrocnemius muscle activity between the experimental and control groups in the swing phase (p> 0.05), improvement in the duration of hamstring muscle activity in the swing phase was observed.
Conclusion: It can be said that walking exercise with auditory rhythmic cue can be suggested as a complementary treatment method to improve the duration of muscular activity and thus gait performance in patients with MS.


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