Heat sensitive persons with multiple sclerosis are more tolerant to resistance exercise than to endurance exercise

This study looked at 16 heat sensitive people with MS, who were randomly allocated a session of resistance exercise (RE) and endurance exercise (EE) or EE and RE respectively. Testing of Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) scoring which included fatigue, spasticity, pain, strength, walking and balance, the 5-time sit-to-stand, the Multiple Sclerosis Functional Composite and Body Sway.

Results showed that core temperature, subjective symptom intensity and total number of symptoms increased significantly more during endurance exercise than resistance exercise. There was no difference observed in the 5-time sit-to-stand, MSFC and body sway scores after EE when compared to RE. Therefore, based on these results, heat sensitive patients with MS tolerate RE better than EE.

Authors: Skjerbæk AG, Møller AB, Jensen E

Source: Mult Scler. 2012 Nov 19. [Epub ahead of print]
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