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UM-Flint Seeks Volunteers for MS Study

  • May 18th, 2011 By: UM-Flint News

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The study focuses on the relationship between core muscle strength, respiratory muscle strength, and standing balance in people with multiple sclerosis

Faculty from the University of Michigan-Flint Physical Therapy Department are seeking volunteers to help with multiple sclerosis research.

The study focuses on the relationship between core muscle strength, respiratory muscle strength, and standing balance in people with multiple sclerosis. UM-Flint Professors Donna Fry and Lucinda Pfalzer previously conducted research studies that suggest that there is a link between respiratory muscle strength and standing balance, but the relationship is not well understood. The study currently being conducted will more clearly define the link between core muscle strength, respiratory muscle strength, and standing balance in people with multiple sclerosis. This data will provide background information to design a future study on muscle strengthening to improve standing balance in people with multiple sclerosis.

The department is seeking volunteers, aged 18-69, who have multiple sclerosis, are non-smokers, and are able to walk to participate in the study.  One to two days of testing are involved (2.5 hours on the first test day and 40 minutes on the second test day).  Subjects will be provided with a $10 debit card for each testing session.  If you would like to participate, contact the Physical Therapy Department at (810) 762-3373, M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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