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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Alleviating Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms Possible with Yoga and Aquatic Exercises


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Multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms such as fatigue, depression, and paresthesia can be alleviated using yoga and aquatic exercises, according to findings published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.   

Researchers from the University of Basel randomly assigned 54 women with MS to various exercise groups in order to explore the idea that standard immune regulatory medicine can ameliorate both fatigue and depression in MS patients. They also wanted to investigate whether these activities can influence paresthesia compared to patients not in an exercise program.   The women, whose average age was 34 years, could be assigned to a yoga class, aquatic exercise or a non-exercise control group. The women’s existing therapies were not changed or stopped. Patients also completed two questionnaires – one at baseline and one after eight weeks – which discussed their symptoms of fatigue, depression, and paresthesia. - 

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