Stress management therapy for relapsing multiple sclerosis sufferers could reduce the formation of lesions, a new study shows.
These lesions, or scars that form in the nervous system and destroy the material that surrounds electrical-signal carrying neurons, often precipitate visible MS symptoms including muscle spasms, loss of vision or motor difficulty.
The study surveyed 121 MS patients, placing them into two groups, one of which underwent stress management therapy and the other which did not.
During the course of the study, more than 20 percent more patients who received the stress management therapy remained free of brain lesions (77 percent) compared with sufferers who did not (55 percent).
"This stress management program...is highly effective for treatment of depression, reducing fatigue and improving quality of life," said David C. Mohr, the study's lead author.
The study can be found in the July 10 edition of the journal Neurology.
by RTT Staff Writer
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