Aerobic anti-gravity exercise in patients with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Types: a pilot study


Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease is a hereditary neuropathy associated with impaired walking capacity. Some patients are too weak in the lower extremity muscles to walk at gravity with sufficient intensity or duration to gain benefit. The objective was to investigate the effect of aerobic anti-gravity exercise in weak patients with CMT 1A and X. Five adult patients performed moderate-intensity aerobic anti-gravity exercise 3/week for 10 weeks. There was a significant positive difference in Berg balance scale and postural stability test between test occasions, and walking distance in 6-Minute walk test trended to increase.


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