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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Resistance training shown to improve multiple sclerosis patient outcomes

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resistance training  Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord. No two cases are alike, as the disease can present in any number of different ways relating to the areas affected. The disease itself is thought to be the result of the person’s own immune system attacking the myelin sheath—the protective layer covering nerve fibers. This destruction causes communication problems between the brain and the rest of the body.
For years, multiple sclerosis patients were advised not to exercise for fear of making their condition worse. However, new research shows that resistance training may protect the nervous system and slow down the progression of the disease.
Recent studies have provided evidence that resistance training has a number of positive effects on the brain. It can go beyond what is achieved through commonly used medications for the condition.
“Over the past six years, we have been pursuing the idea that physical training has effects on more than just the symptoms, and this study provides the first indications that physical exercise may protect the nervous system against the disease,” says associate professor Ulrik Dalgas from the Department of Public Health at Aarhus University.

The changing view of physical exercise and MS

Medical professionals now know that exercise doesn’t cause harm to multiple sclerosis patients—it actually is beneficial. Physical exercise has now been proven to have a positive impact on the ability to walk, levels of fatigue, muscle strength, and aerobic capacity of multiple sclerosis patients

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