Targeted Dance Program for Improved Mobility in Multiple Sclerosis

A. M. Scheidler, A. L. Tisha, D. L. Kinnett-Hopkins, Y. C. Learmonth, R. Motl, C. López-Ortiz

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system with impaired communication between the brain and the body. Walking impairment is prevalent in MS. There is no documented evidence for improving walking agility or smoothness of movements in exercise interventions for those with MS. We report the results of a classical ballet based targeted dance program on clinical measures of balance, posture, and ataxia as well as a quantitative measure of smoothness of gait. The results demonstrate statistically significant improvements in all measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConverging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation II
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation
EditorsJaime Ibáñez, José González-Vargas, José María Azorín, Metin Akay, José Luis Pons
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-46669-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-46668-2
StatePublished - 2017
Event2016 International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation - Segovia, Spain
Duration: Oct 18 2016Oct 21 2016
Conference number: 3

Publication series

NameBiosystems and Biorobotics
ISSN (Print)2195-3562
ISSN (Electronic)2195-3570


Conference2016 International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation
Abbreviated titleICNR2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence


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