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Practicing Tai-Geiko (a holistic form of soft exercise) for MS

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    Huh, an exercise program that's totally new to me. -D


    ISSN 1980-5322
    Clinics vol.75 São Paulo 2020 Epub Jan 10, 2020

    Physical and functional aspects of persons with multiple sclerosis practicing Tai-Geiko: randomized trial

    Viviane Regina, Leite Moreno Ultramari



    This study aimed to verify the influence of Tai-Geiko on the physical and functional aspects of people with multiple sclerosis (MS).


    This was a parallel-group, randomized trial with two arms. People with MS were allocated to an experimental group (EG) (n=10) and control group (CG) (n=09). The participants received multidisciplinary care supervised by a physiotherapist in the Tai-Geiko exercise. Participants underwent the assessments after the intervention. The Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS-maximum score of 6.0), strength test (kgf) using a dynamometer, Timed Up and Go mobility test (TUG), and stabilometric balance test (Platform EMG system®) were evaluated. Demographic data were recorded, including age, sex, comorbidities, lifestyle and classification of MS. Clinical Trials (ReBeC): RBR-4sty47.


    The EG group improved in 12 variables, and the CG improved in 3 variables. The following values were obtained for pre/postintervention, respectively: EG: lumbar force (38/52 kgf), TUG (11/9 s), locomotion velocity (519/393 ms); double task two (53/39 s); platform stabilometric trajectory: traversed get up (39/26 s) and sit (45/29 s); anteroposterior (AP) amplitude rise (11/8 cm) and sit (12.40/9.94 cm) and anteroposterior frequency rise (1.00/1.56 Hz) and sit (0.8/1.25 Hz) (p<0.05); CG: right-hand grip force (26/29 kgf); TUG (9.8 /8.7 s) and AP (11.84 /9.53 cm) stabilometric amplitude at the sitting moment (p<0.05), (3.2/5.99 Hz, p=0.01) and sit (3.47/5.01 Hz, p=0.04).


    Tai-Geiko practice can be suggested as complementary exercise in the rehabilitation of persons with MS.

    Dave Bexfield