In this article from researchers in Switzerland, the authors report
on the effects of two endurance exercise regimens in people with MS.
Patients were randomised to receive either of the two exercise
programmes and were asked to exercise for 30 minutes each day for three
The data suggest that both exercise programmes produced
improvements in cardiorespiratory function in patients. Interestingly,
the authors also found that endurance training in water using an aquatic
bike may have further beneficial effects on neurotrophin production.
They found that patients exercising in water showed a significant
increase in brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) resting and
post-exercise concentrations (p<0.05) and that nerve growth factor
(NGF) also tended to increase after the training intervention in this
group. This is of particular importance in the setting of
Authors: Bansi J, Bloch W, Gamper U, Kesselring J.
Source: Mult Scler. 2012 Aug 30. [Epub ahead of print]
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