In a paper soon to be published in the journal International Immunopharmacology, researchers from the University of Tehran have added to the growing evidence base about the beneficial effects of exercise for people with MS.
From a sample of 20 people with relapsing-remitting MS, 10 were randomly assigned to the exercise group and 10 to the control (no additional exercise) group. The exercise regime consisted of eight weeks only of both aerobic and endurance training three times a week.
Muscle strength and balance increased significantly in the exercise group, and the disability score decreased significantly. Blood markers of inflammation decreased markedly in the exercise group but not in controls. The research shows the great value of a regular exercise program in MS, and strongly suggests that such a program not only improves current function and balance, but is likely to slow disease progression due to its effect on inflammation.