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Does Exercise Improve Quality of Life for Those with MS?




























A new study investigates if physical exercise improves functional capacity and quality of life for those diagnosed with MS.

The chronic progression of MS results in symptoms such as muscle weakness, loss of sensation, impaired balance, coordination, vision, increased incontinence, and fatigue. As a result of these impairments, individuals diagnosed with MS may, over time, experience a decrease in overall physical activity, deconditioning, and a premature loss of independence.

The Importance of Physical Activity

While impairment related to the disease process itself is irreversible, research over the past decade has provided evidence that regular physical exercise can help reduce and prevent impairment resulting from deconditioning, such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, or depression.

Although in the past exercise was discouraged for MS patients, a new understanding has emerged.  A recent summary of relevant guidelines, published in BMC Neurology, detailed the effectiveness of regular physical activity as a means of rehabilitation for MS patients.

Dr. Halabchi and his colleagues from Tehran, Iran reported that appropriate exercise can cause noteworthy and important improvements in aerobic fitness, muscle strength, flexibility, balance, fatigue, cognition, quality of life, and respiratory function in MS patients affected by mild or moderate disability.

They report that MS patients can positively adapt to resistance training which may result in improved fatigue and movement. Flexibility exercises such as stretching the muscles may diminish spasticity and prevent future painful contractions. Balance exercises have beneficial effects on fall rates and better balance.

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