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The use of pixformance for an MS-Patient and the effect on his balance and walking ability


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Abstract

Background: Limitations in mobility and balance affect patients with Multiple sclerosis (MS). The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether training with Pixformance can offer a therapy alternative. 

Objective: The aim of this study is to evaluate, if the application of Pixformance and the corresponding homework program have a positive effect on the walking ability of a patient with MS and whether the application have a further positive effect on the balance ability and quality of life in this patient.

Method: A single case study over a period of 16 weeks with two four-week training phases alternating with two four-week exercise breaks was carried out. In the training phases, the study participant conducted a training course with Pixformance and the corresponding homework program. Exercise breaks served as control phases. Five test methods were used to measure the impact of the program.

Results: The walking ability improved during the two assessment periods, the Timed Up and Go Test and the 10 Meter Walk Test. However, these two tests did not show any correlation between the performance of the study participant, training phases and exercise breaks. The participant achieved an increase in his balance ability after the two training phases in the Berg Balance Scale and in the Functional Reach Test. Even after the two exercise breaks, the positive effect was still obvious. Further, the MSQOL-54 questionnaire showed that mental and physical health increased.

Conclusion: An improvement in walking and balance ability as well as an improvement in quality of life could be shown in this patient. An individual training supported by Pixformance has a positive effect on the health and mental state of this MS patient.

Keywords

pixformance, multiple sclerosis, physical therapy, walking, balance, single case study, fields and symbols, body weight, body fat, flexibility, coordination skills, strength and endurance, exercises, quality of life

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