Music While Walking Makes MS Patients More Motivated and Less Mentally Drained, Study Suggests

Music While Walking Makes MS Patients More Motivated and Less Mentally Drained, Study Suggests

Publication date: Aug 09, 2019

This post was originally published on this sitePeople listening to music during an extended walk tend to sync their steps to its beat – and for those with multiple sclerosis (MS), such synchronization helps to overcome mental fatigue and improve motivation, a study found. -Continuous 12 min walking to music, metronomes and in silence: Auditory-motor coupling and its effects on perceived fatigue, motivation and gait in persons with multiple sclerosis” was published in the journal Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders. For people with MS, the tempo was, on average, 2. 8% faster than their normal speed for music, and 3. 4% faster for the metronome; for healthy controls, these increases were 4. 6% and 4. 9%, respectively. Cognitive fatigue, in contrast, was significantly lower after listening to music than a metronome among MS patients, although notably, not significantly different from silence- according to the team, these results might be due to the study’s small size. The team concluded that MS patients -perceived less cognitive fatigue, no difference in perceived physical fatigue, and a higher motivation walking to music compared to metronomes and silence. ” Nonetheless, the team advises the -use of music as an auditory stimulus,” as MS patients were able to sustain -synchronization for 12 min, with low cognitive fatigue and high motivation. “

Concepts Keywords
Auditory Medicine
Beat Music Pendulums
Biosocial Metronome
Cognitive Contents
Coupling Exercise physiology
Entrainment MS
Fatigue Higher fatigue
Gait Cognitive physical fatigue
Mental Fatigue Conditions Physical fatigue
Metronome Mental fatigue
Motor Skills Cognitive fatigue
Multiple Sclerosis Due fatigue
Physical Activity Fatigue
Stimulus Clinical medicine
Synchronization Cancer-related fatigue
Tempo Walking


Type Source Name
disease MESH multiple sclerosis
disease DOID multiple sclerosis
disease MESH gait
drug DRUGBANK Tropicamide
drug DRUGBANK Nonoxynol-9


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