A specialized exercise programme for a patient suffering from eosinophilic meningitis

Sealey, Rebecca, and Newman, Rosemarie (2010) A specialized exercise programme for a patient suffering from eosinophilic meningitis. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 17 (3). pp. 143-149.

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Aims: The aim of this study was to determine whether a specialised 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, as well as from insomnia, irritability and depression, all associated with eosinophilic meningitis, with pain exacerbated during exercise.

Methodology: The twenty-thirty-minute program incorporated stretching, lower-body exercises performed on a vibration platform and upper-body resistance exercises, which were performed 3 times a week within an air-conditioned environment. The patient wore a tight-fitting long-sleeve shirt to minimise skin pain. Pre and post assessments included body mass index, girths, cholesterol, resting heart rate and blood pressure, mobility, strength, endurance and flexibility.

Results: 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 program 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.

Item ID: 12067
Item Type: Article (Case Study)
ISSN: 1759-779X
Keywords: exercise; hypersensitivity; meningitis; pain; whole-body vibration
Funders: HyperVibe, Australian Association of Exercise and Sport Science
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2010 02:55
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1109 Neurosciences > 110904 Neurology and Neuromuscular Diseases @ 20%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified @ 80%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920111 Nervous System and Disorders @ 10%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 80%
81 DEFENCE > 810102 Army @ 10%
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