How “Smart Train­ing” With Pix­for­mance Can Improve The Qual­i­ty of Life Among Peo­ple Liv­ing With MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis is one of the most com­mon neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions among young adults in the U.K.  

In this arti­cle; we dis­cuss a recent­ly released qual­i­ta­tive study that test­ed the effec­tive­ness of the “smart train­ing” pro­vid­ed by the Pix­for­mance Sta­tion on improv­ing the qual­i­ty of life of peo­ple liv­ing with Mul­ti­ple Sclerosis.

At age 28, Lisa noticed the symp­toms for the first time. Short­ly before grad­u­at­ing from col­lege, she woke up one day with a feel­ing of numb­ness in her legs. Her fam­i­ly physi­cian referred her to a col­league, who short­ly after that referred her to a neu­rol­o­gist. After sev­er­al tests, she was diag­nosed with the dev­as­tat­ing neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­der Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis. Often this is how the sto­ry of peo­ple liv­ing with Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis begins. How­ev­er, the con­di­tion also presents itself through myr­i­ad oth­er symp­toms such as impaired vision, vestibu­lar dis­or­der, an inabil­i­ty to focus, and fatigue. Although all of these symp­toms are indi­ca­tors for Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis, they exist among those with more com­mon dis­eases such as influen­za pre­sent­ing doc­tors with diag­nos­tic challenges.

Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis: A Few Facts

World­wide an esti­mat­ed 2.5 mil­lion peo­ple live with Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis. Women are three times more like­ly to have Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis than men. The ill­ness is com­mon­ly known as “the dis­ease with many faces” due to its non­spe­cif­ic symp­toms. It is espe­cial­ly com­mon in west­ern indus­tri­al­ized coun­tries such as those in Europe and North Amer­i­ca, lead­ing researchers to believe that envi­ron­men­tal and genet­ic fac­tors trig­ger the con­di­tion. How­ev­er, the spe­cif­ic cause of the dis­ease is still unknown.

Accord­ing to the Nation­al Health Ser­vice (NHS), about 100,000 peo­ple in the U.K. have Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis. Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis is most com­mon in indi­vid­u­als between 20 and 40 years old, which is why the ill­ness is con­sid­ered one of the most com­mon neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­eases among young adults.

Pro­gres­sion And Treatment

The con­di­tion fre­quent­ly evolves unpre­dictably because the dis­ease pro­gress­es through a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent stages depend­ing on the dis­ease type. This means that symp­tom flare-ups can appear to be unre­lat­ed at first, but as they begin occur­ring more fre­quent­ly, the dis­ease can turn into the chron­i­cal­ly pro­gres­sive type. For exam­ple, Sec­ondary Pro­gres­sive Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis presents in 40 % of cas­es and is dis­tin­guish­able by more fre­quent flare-ups occur­ring ear­li­er in the disease’s progression.

Although there is no known cure yet, treat­ment can help peo­ple with Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis man­age the myr­i­ad symp­toms. This real­i­ty stress­es the impor­tance of func­tion­al train­ing activ­i­ties and pro­grams. More specif­i­cal­ly, ground­break­ing ther­a­peu­tic mea­sures and tech­no­log­i­cal inno­va­tions such as the smart train­ing pro­vid­ed by Pix­for­mance can improve the qual­i­ty of life of those liv­ing with Mul­ti­ple Sclerosis.


Phys­i­cal Ther­a­py With Pixformance

In a 16-week-long sin­gle-case-study, the Fre­se­nius Uni­ver­si­ty of Applied Sci­ences in Frank­furt test­ed if train­ing with the Pix­for­mance smart train­ing device improved a Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis Patient’s abil­i­ties to walk. The par­tic­i­pant, who was con­tin­u­ous­ly train­ing with the Pix­for­mance sta­tion through­out the study, clear­ly improved her bal­ance ability.

The research also found that uti­liz­ing the func­tion­al train­ing pro­gram of the Pix­for­mance sta­tion had a pos­i­tive impact on the participant’s qual­i­ty of life and men­tal health. Even though these find­ings are from a sin­gle qual­i­ta­tive case study, the research’s insights could also apply to “sim­i­lar peo­ple and groups.”

Final­ly, the researchers indi­cat­ed that “reg­u­lar exer­cise with short recov­ery breaks can have a pos­i­tive impact” on those with Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis. There are long-term pos­i­tive effects in using the Pix­for­mance sta­tion as “the ther­a­peu­tic effects can be main­tained over longer peri­ods and can even be accel­er­at­ed.”  As the research has shown, func­tion­al train­ing with the Pix­for­mance sta­tion can improve the well-being and qual­i­ty of life of those with Mul­ti­ple Sclerosis.

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