Movement-to-music appears to improve mobility and walking endurance in individuals with multiple sclerosis

In August 2018 researchers from the USA assessed the effect of movement-to-music and adapted yoga on mobility and walking endurance in 81 individuals, aged between 18 and 65 years, with multiple sclerosis. The individuals were divided into three groups; 27 undertook movement-to-music, 26 adapted yoga and 28 were in a control waiting group.  Both the movement-to-music and adapted yoga groups completed three 60-minute sessions per week for 12 weeks while those in the control waiting group received biweekly newsletters that contained educational information on living with multiple sclerosis. Mobility assessments were made for “Timed Up and Go” and 6-minute Walk Test both at the start and end of the 12-week course.  Results showed that, when compared to those in the control group, those undertaking the movement-to-music course experienced significant improvements in the “Timed Up and Go” and Six-minute Walk Tests whereas no significant differences were seen in the adapted yoga course.  

Young HJ et al. The Effects of Movement-to-Music (M2M) and Adapted Yoga on Physical and Psychosocial Outcomes in People with Multiple Sclerosis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2018 Aug 6. [Epub ahead of print]

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