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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Relaxation Exercises May Benefit Multiple Sclerosis Patients

A new study suggests that Progressive Muscle Relaxation Technique (PMRT) may reduce fatigue and improve the quality of sleep in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).

MS is a long-term, progressive, disorder that affects nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord. Sleep disorders and fatigue are among the many complications of MS.

PMRT is used to treat muscular tension, a common symptom of stress. In PMRT, a group of muscles is tensed up so they are contracted as tightly as possible. The patient inhales with the muscles contracted and holds for 5-10 seconds. Next, the patient exhales as the muscles are relaxed to their previous state.

The recent study included 32 individuals with MS. Before the study, participants answered questionnaires regarding their fatigue and quality of sleep. All participants then practiced PMRT daily for six weeks.

After the six weeks, the participants showed a significant increase in sleep quality and a significant decrease in fatigue.

Researchers concluded that PMRT was an appropriate therapy for improved sleep and fatigue reduction for MS patients. Further research is warranted.


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1 comment:

Stuarts said...

It is so obvious that it seems it would stay under the radar. As we all know the worst part of MS is the fatigue. Something so obvious is rarely thought of. It is people Like Stuart that reminds us of these bits of information so we can remember the most simple things.

If it is so simple, and more importantly, vital to our living as productive humans of society. Why do we forget these things

Thank you Stuart