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Hydrotherapy for the treatment of pain in people with multiple sclerosis: a randomized controlled trial. 📎

Abstract Title: Hydrotherapy for the treatment of pain in people with multiple sclerosis: a randomized controlled trial. Abstract Source: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012 ;2012:473963. Epub 2011 Jul 14. PMID: 21785645 Abstract Author(s): Adelaida María Castro-Sánchez, Guillermo A Matarán-Peñarrocha, Inmaculada Lara-Palomo, Manuel Saavedra-Hernández, Manuel Arroyo-Morales, Carmen Moreno-Lorenzo Article Affiliation: Department of Nursing and Physical Therapy, University of Almeria (UAL), Carretera de Sacramento s/n, 04120 Almería, Granada, Spain. Abstract: Background. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic demyelinating neurological disease. Several studies have reported that complementary and alternative therapies can have positive effects against pain in these patients. Objective. The objective was to investigate the effectiveness of an Ai-Chi aquatic exercise program against pain and other symptoms in MS patients. Methods. In this randomized controlled trial, 73 MS patients were randomly assigned to an experimental or control group for a 20-week treatment program. The experimental group underwent 40 sessions of Ai-Chi exercise in swimming pool and the control group 40 sessions of abdominal breathing and contraction-relaxation exercises in therapy room. Outcome variables were pain, disability, spasm, depression, fatigue, and autonomy, which were assessed before the intervention and immediately and at 4 and 10 weeks after the last treatment session. Results. The experimental group showed a significant (P<0.028) and clinically relevant decrease in pain intensity versus baseline, with an immediate posttreatment reduction in median visual analogue scale scores of 50% that was maintained for up to 10 weeks. Significant improvements were also observed in spasm, fatigue, disability, and autonomy. Conclusion. According to these findings, an Ai-Chi aquatic exercise program improves pain, spasms, disability, fatigue, depression, and autonomy in MS patients. Article Published Date : Jan 01, 2012
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A new approach towards improved quality of life in fibromyalgia: a pilot study on the effects of an aquatic Ai Chi program.

Related Articles A new approach towards improved quality of life in fibromyalgia: a pilot study on the effects of an aquatic Ai Chi program. Int J Rheum Dis. 2018 Aug;21(8):1525-1532 Authors: Pérez de la Cruz S, Lambeck J Abstract BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a rheumatic disorder that presents with physical, psychological and social symptoms. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the effects of a program of water-based Ai Chi on the health-related quality of life of subjects with FMS. METHODS: An experimental pilot study was performed with a sample of 20 female subjects diagnosed with FM and recruited from two different settings. Assessments were performed using the a visual analog scale and the Short Form-36 physical and mental health summary scores. Measurements took place at baseline and upon completion of 10 treatment sessions. RESULTS: After 10 treatment sessions, significant improvements (P < 0.05) were found in practically all the variables under study, with significant differences in values such as pain perception, vitality, mental health, as well as perceived overall improvement in quality of life. CONCLUSIONS: A water-based Ai Chi program may contribute to the improvement of mental and physical health and the quality of life in women with FMS. PMID: 27457628 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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