Neuromuscular Disorder

Measurement of participation in myotonic dystrophy: reliability of the LIFE-H.

Person-perceived social participation is an important aspect to measure in rehabilitation in neuromuscular disorders. The objective was to document the test-retest and inter-rater reliability of the Assessment of Life Habits (LIFE-H), in a sample of individuals with myotonic dystrophy (DM1). Twenty-eight participants with myotonic dystrophy aged between 29 and 75 years (mean: 52.7) were recruited. […]

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Physical activity, health impairments, and disability in neuromuscular disease.

Reduced physical activity is a consequence of progressive neuromuscular diseases, which negatively impacts quality of life and health outcomes. Reduced functional muscle mass is common to all neuromuscular diseases and results from both atrophy of disuse secondary to a sedentary lifestyle and muscle degeneration secondary to the disease itself. This review summarizes current concepts relating […]

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Response to resistive strengthening exercise training in humans with neuromuscular disease.

The role of strengthening exercise to potentially improve weakness and the functional abilities of persons with neuromuscular diseases is controversial. There are questions about the ability of diseased skeletal muscle to respond to resistance exercise, particularly in light of concerns about weakness induced by exercise. Numerous studies show promising results of strength training, although methodologic […]

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