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MS Physios take part in important exercise and MS research study

8th April 2022

MS Society physiotherapists are taking part in an exercise based research study which will help to develop an effective telehealth-based exercise program for people with MS.

Project BASE: Changing Behaviour towards Aerobic and Strength Exercise in MS (BASE-MS) is a 4-month, at home resistance and aerobic exercise program which people with mild to moderate MS can do. Participants will take part in an online exercise program and receive online coaching calls from an MS Physiotherapist.

The aim of this study is to develop a telehealth-based exercise program for people living with MS following MS exercise guidelines and principles of behaviour change to create long term habits. The study will also create educational resources for health professionals to deliver the program and increase understanding of MS.

MS Physiotherapist, Margot Strelan says, “Studies show that exercise helps to reduce the impact of many common MS symptoms including fatigue, pain, balance, muscle weakness, and bladder and bowel function.”

“This research will ensure that people with MS have access to support from trained health professionals to make exercise a regular part of their life and their management plan for MS.”

The first round of the BASE-MS study is currently taking place with a small group of participants in South Australia. The study is run by Murdoch University, Western Australia and is funded by MS Australia and the Perron Institute, in Perth, Western Australia.

Important studies like this enable us to provide better services to people living with MS and would not be possible without your support.

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MS Physios take part in important exercise and MS research study