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.