Multiple Sclerosis Exercise

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Does exercise help patients with multiple sclerosis?

Multiple Sclerosis Exercise

Exercise can help retain flexibility and balance in patients with multiple sclerosis, especially when combined with stress reduction techniques and diet. Additional complications from inactivity only exacerbate the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, so while exercise is not a cure, it can help stave off further complications and possibly slow the progress of the disease. Some of the additional complications include fatigue, incontinence and constipation.

The types of exercises a multiple sclerosis patient can do depend on how far the disease has progressed. If the patient is in the early stages of the disease, jogging, walking and aerobic exercises are helpful. If balance is already impaired, riding a stationary bicycle or working on a treadmill with handholds may work for the patient. Stretching exercises are also good for patients in most stages of multiple sclerosis.

If a patient with multiple sclerosis is already bed-ridden, a physical therapist should be consulted regarding bed exercises such as stretching. Occupational therapists can also be helpful in teaching the patient how to do self-care exercises.



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