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Thursday, February 11, 2016

9 Exercises for Advancing MS

9 exercises for MS woman in yoga pose

Everyone benefits from exercise. Whether you’re doing it for weight loss, strength building, or to prevent disease, exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For the 400,000 Americans with multiple sclerosis (MS), exercise has some specific benefits: It can ease symptoms, help promote mobility, and minimize the risks of certain complications.
However, it’s important that you use caution when exercising, as overdoing it may end up compromising your muscular system, increasing pain, and overstressing your body and mind. Here are nine types of exercise you can do on your own or with assistance from a physical therapist to help you maintain a high quality of life and to ease your symptoms.
An Important Note: Check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program or physical activity. As a precaution, your doctor may request you work specifically with a physical or occupational therapist until you have learned how to perform exercises without overworking your muscular system.
A study from the Oregon Health & Science University found that people with MS who participated in yoga had fewer symptoms of fatigue compared to people with MS who had not practiced yoga. In addition, abdominal breathing, which is practiced during yoga, may help improve a person’s breathing even when not doing yoga. The better you breathe, the easier blood is able to circulate your body, which improves respiratory and cardiac health.
Water Exercise
People with MS tend to struggle with overheating, especially if they’re exercising outside. For that reason, exercising in a pool may be ideal, as it will help you keep cool.
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