The Effects of a Combined Physical Exercises and Cognitive - Behavioural Stress Management Intervention Program on Life Quality of MS Patients.

Poster Presentation
Paper ID : 1494-12THCONG
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1Department of Motor Behavior and Sport Psychology, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Arak University, Arak, Iran
2Department Motor Behavior and Sport psychology, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Arak University, Arak City, Iran
3Department of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, Arak University of Medical Sciences, Arak, Iran
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most prevalent disorder of the young Adults’ central nervous system (CNS), characterized by damaged myelin sheath that affected areas called plaque, having negative effects on health and life quality of the MS patients.
The research purpose was to examine the effects of a combined Physical exercises and cognitive - behavioural stress management intervention program on life quality of MS patients.
The study was a quasi-experimental with pre-and-post-test design and a control group. Research Participants selected from Arak’s MS society (age 20-60 yrs and EDSS 2-4). Therty subjects were selected availablely and assigned to two experiment and control groups randomly. The participants complete demograghic charactristies and (MSIS-29) and expreriment group participate in a 6-weeks combined physical exercise and cognitive–behavioural stress management intervention program, after which with a post-test data were collected. The data analysed with student t-test and with spss-21 software.
The research finding indicated that post-test mean score of experiment group in physical and mental subscales, and total score of MSIS-29, compared with control group counterparts, increased significantly (p≤0.05).
According the research results, the combined physical exercise and cognitive-behavioural stress management intervention program can be usefull for improving qulity of life in MS patients. This intervention program can be used with drug thrapy in the patients. In general, quality of life in MS patients can be improved by combined physical exercise and cognitive-behavioural stress management intervention program. Therefore, the intervention program can be used as a complement for MS therapy.