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. 2017 Aug;7(4):253-259.
doi: 10.2217/nmt-2017-0010. Epub 2017 Aug 30.

Management of the Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis Using Functional Electrical Stimulation and Exercise

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Management of the Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis Using Functional Electrical Stimulation and Exercise

Tamsyn Street. Neurodegener Dis Manag. .

Abstract

Previously, it was believed that exercise-related activity was likely to lead to the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) becoming worse. More recently, it has been acknowledged that the consequences of not exercising are detrimental and may exacerbate symptoms of MS. In addition, it has been recognized that some of the disability that occurs after MS is likely to be due to deconditioning from a reduction in physical activity. The current paper will explore the potential role of functional electrical stimulation of the peroneal nerve, for facilitating neurorehabilitation, through increasing mobility and overcoming barriers to accessing exercise. The paper will also examine the impact of using exercise-related activity to manage the symptoms of MS along with the potential neuroprotective effects.

Keywords: exercise; functional electrical stimulation; peroneal nerve stimulation; symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

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