Improvement of postural stability during standing of individuals with Multiple Sclerosis


Digitimer’s DS8R helps researchers study the improvement of postural stability during standing of individuals with Multiple Sclerosis.


Leading researchers at the University of Alberta, Houston Methodist Research Institute, and other prominent research facilities in North America have been studying the effects of transcutaneous spine stimulation (TSS) on MS patients and whether or not it has affect on postural stability. They have incorporated the Digitimer DS8R Biphasic Constant Current Stimulator to deliver safe, reliable, repeatable high voltage stimulation and their results suggest that TSS is, indeed, a useful and non-invasive tool to help develop and further investigate clinical strategies in order to improve the lives patients suffering from MS.


From the authors’ published article:


Background - Widespread demyelination in the central nervous system can lead to progressive sensorimotor impairments following multiple sclerosis, with compromised postural stability during standing being a common consequence. As such, clinical strategies are needed to improve postural stability following multiple sclerosis. The objective of this study was therefore to investigate the effect of non-invasive transcutaneous spinal stimulation on postural stability during upright standing in individuals with multiple sclerosis.


Conclusion - Following multiple sclerosis, transcutaneous spinal stimulation improved postural stability during standing with eyes closed, presumably by catalyzing proprioceptive function. Future work should confirm underlying mechanisms and explore the clinical value of transcutaneous spinal stimulation for individuals with multiple sclerosis.


Read and download the article here:


https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211034821002765#sec0002


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