Rebecca Sealey, Rosemarie Newman
International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, Vol. 17, Iss. 3, 03 Mar 2010, pp 143 - 149
Aims: The aim of this study was to determine whether a specialized exercise program, including vibration training, resistance exercise and stretching, improved health, fitness and quality of life in a patient suffering from chronic pain due to skin hypersensitivity, insomnia, irritability and depression, all associated with eosinophilic meningitis, with pain exacerbated during exercise. Methods: The 20--30-minute program incorporated stretching, lower-body exercises performed on a vibration platform and upper-body resistance exercises, which were performed three times a week within an air-conditioned environment. The patient wore a tight-fitting long-sleeve shirt to minimize skin pain. Pre- and post-assessments included body mass index, girth, cholesterol, resting heart rate and blood pressure, mobility, strength, endurance and flexibility. Findings: The patient completed all 36 exercise sessions, resulting in an average 14% (2-25%) improvement in health, 42% (19-103%) improvement in functional fitness, and improved quality of life measures as stated by the patient. Despite experiencing chest skin pain during vibration training, the combination of the air-conditioned environment, as well as the short duration of the sessions, the use of a long-sleeved shirt and the proximity of the patient's house to the clinic, helped him control his pain. Conclusions: The set programme with pain-control measures was a successful exercise combination for the patient who was previously unable to undertake regular exercise due to pain associated with skin hypersensitivity from meningitis.
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