Training on a treadmill helps improve walking

Braendvik SM, Koret T, Helbostad JL, Lorås H, Bråthen G, Hovdal HO, Aamot IL. Treadmill Training or Progressive Strength Training to Improve Walking in People with Multiple Sclerosis? A Randomized Parallel Group Trial. Physiother Res Int. 2015 Jun 25. doi: 10.1002/pri.1636. [Epub ahead of print]

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE:The most effective treatment approach to improve walking in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) is not known. The aim of this trial was to assess the efficacy of treadmill training and progressive strength training on walking in people with MS.
METHODS:A single blinded randomized parallel group trial was carried out. Eligible participants were adults with MS with Expanded Disability Status Scale score ≤6. A total of 29 participants were randomized and 28 received the allocated exercise intervention, treadmill (n = 13) or strength training (n = 15). Both groups exercised 30 minutes, three times a week for 8 weeks. Primary outcome was The Functional Ambulation Profile evaluated by the GAITRite walkway. Secondary outcomes were walking work economy and balance control during walking, measured by a small lightweight accelerometer connected to the lower back. Testing was performed at baseline and the subsequent week after completion of training.
RESULTS:Two participants were lost to follow-up, and 11 (treadmill) and 15 (strength training) were left for analysis. The treadmill group increased their Functional Ambulation Profile score significantly compared with the strength training group (p = .037). A significant improvement in walking work economy (p = .024) and a reduction of root mean square of vertical acceleration (p = .047) also favoured the treadmill group.
DISCUSSION: The results indicate that task-specific training by treadmill walking is a favourable approach compared with strength training to improve walking in persons with mild and moderate MS. Implications for Physiotherapy practice, this study adds knowledge for the decision of optimal treatment approaches in people with MS.

You can read this but as we have said over and over and over again, exercise is good for you, whether you have MS or do not have MS. 
This study finds that a treadmill is of use.
I have been on a treadmill as the knees and belly are not up to pounding the pavement but ProfG who is doing his bit for the hip replacement scheme will be running the 10K British London Run along with DrK and other members of Team G.

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  • There was a bit on the Jimmy Fallon show recently. A guy added a cup holder to his treadmill for his rum and coke; so that he could do his 'b-cardio'


  • "The most effective treatment approach to improve walking in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) is not known." I know people are working hard to improve lives of pwms but this first line is a classic:-).

  • I hate exercise that is boring and makes me miserable. Why on a treadmill specifically? Why not a walk in the fresh air?

  • I tried it at the gym today (strength training only before) following this article, and I liked it. You can control more factors, keep sort of a record on what you did and stop whenever you feel too fatigued.

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