The effect of exercise on gait and balance in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome

Lorna Paul, Leslie Wood, William M. Maclaren

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Abstract

This study investigated anecdotal reports of gait and balance abnormalities in subjects with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) by examining the effects of a light exercise test on postural sway and various gait parameters. Tests were performed on 11 CFS patients and 11 age- and sex-matched sedentary controls. Results demonstrated that postural sway was not significantly different in both groups before or after the exercise test. There were, however, significant differences in gait parameters between the two groups confirming anecdotal evidence, but these differences were not exacerbated by the exercise test. Heart rate responses demonstrated that both groups were exercising at similar loads, although this was perceived to be higher by the CFS group.

Original languageEnglish
JournalGait and Posture
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2001

Keywords

  • gait analysis
  • balance assessment
  • exercise
  • chronic fatigue syndrome

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