Why is your research important and how will it influence the understanding and treatment of MS?
MS is a heterogeneous disease with a range of symptoms; these can include physical and cognitive disabilities. Many individuals with MS have low levels of physical activity. This is of high importance because the limited physical activity may lead to a decrease in fitness, the ability to move freely, and generally lower QoL. Walking problems are one of the most common symptoms, and it is important to establish ways to maintain walking among persons with MS. Walking to music is a strong rehabilitation tool, and has been shown to improve walking-related measurements. Walking to music also has the potential to increase ones motivation towards walking for exercise. This research should provide information not only on the use of walking to music technology as a motivational tool in MS but also as a rehabilitation tool to monitor walking in MS and provide feedback to improve walking. Additionally, the project will lay the foundation for walking to music technology for physical activity interventions and exercise program using GotRhythm. We are excited to bring music for walking rehabilitation to the MS community.