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MS Physical Therapy and Other Therapies

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How can MS physical therapy and other therapies help those of us with Multiple Sclerosis?

Just 10 years ago, doctors had more of the opinion that physical therapy was not very helpful for those of us with Multiple Sclerosis, but that way of thinking has been gradually changing.

More doctors are finding that doing intense phyical therapy with more of their MS patients is helping to reduce the symptoms of Multiple  Sclerosis, reduce the effects of MS, and helping to increase how much their MS patients are able to function.

Typically those with Multiple Sclerosis are sent to a phyical therapy doctor to be evaluated for the strength of the muscles and for the degree our bodies are functioning (or not functioning)
to determine which type of therapies (both physical and other therapies) could be more effective for each case of Multiple Sclerosis to help maximize the benefits that are gained from doing the therapies.

To be effective, the intense physical therapy is often done for anywhere from 3 to 6 months to help improve the amount that people with Multiple Sclerosis can function.

MS Physical therapy can help to improve include the following:

* reduce spasticity

* increase muscle strength

* increase muscle mass

* improve overall physical balance

* improve how well a person can stand by 
  improving balance during movement

* improve how long a person with MS can stand    before they have to sit down and rest, by
   improving endurance and stamina.

* help to regenerate and repair nerves 
   contected to the muscles that are being 

* help to reconnect neural pathways throughout the body, including rewiring the brain to function better.

Other problems can be present with each particular case of Multiple Sclerosis that can benefit from doing other types of therapy, which can include speech problems, problems with standing and/or walking, and others.

Depending on which other problems are present in each case of Multiple Sclerosis, the physical therapy doctor may recommend further therapies to address these problems more effectively.

Some of the therapies listed below are not covered by many health insurances and for you to participate in these therapies, they would be considered out-of-pocket expenses.  The standard for of physical therapy is more often covered by most health insurances.

Other types of MS physical therapy can include:

Occupational Therapy

* Helps to evaluate a person that has been diagnosed with MS to see if they can return to working again.

* Helps to retrain the person to do average tasks that are required to perform many job-related tasks.

Speech Therapy

* Retrains the person with MS to be able to speak more clearly again, to reduce stuttering, slurring words or problems with forming words or being able to speak more clearly to make it easier to understand what the person affected by MS is trying to say.

Water (Aqua) Therapy

* Allows the person with MS to be able to exercise while reducing the fatigue that is often associated with more intense exercising.

* Can retrain a person to walk again in water, even if they can not walk on land by supporting the weight of the body without added exertion by the person undergoing the therapy.

Horse (Equine) Therapy

* Exercising on a horse strengthens the muscles, and helps to retrain the brain to get used to the movement and natural gait of walking again, even if the person is not able to physically walk for a period of time.

* Equine therapy has the potential of being able to help people, that have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis walk again, by retraining the brain to become more accustomed to what it is like for the body to walk again.

Brain Strengthening Exercises and Therapy

* Helps to redevelop Neural Pathways in the parts of the brain, which have been damaged or confused by the scarring that results from MS.

* This typically involves exercises specifically designed to stimulate and strengthen the parts of the brain that allows those with MS to function better on a daily basis.

* This can include increasing the ability to speak, increasing how well we can form sentences, increasing how well we can think logically, improving memory (both short and long term), increasing the ability to respond to outside stimulation, and improving how quickly our brains can respond to what is going on around us, and increasing cognitive function, including many other functions that the body performs daily.

Brain Retraining Therapy

* Helps to retrain how the brain responds to any stimulation by basically resetting what is considered the average brain wave pattern to be at a higher level.

* Several different methods, medical devices and techniques fall under this category, that stimulate the brain in different ways to help improve how well the individual can function.

Any of the type of therapies, described above are can help those of us with Multiple Sclerosis to recover more of our abilities to function better, if done consistently over a period of time.

If you can't afford to do MS physical therapy, you can also do exercises at home. DVDs and books on different kinds of exercises that are very helpful for the majority of cases of Multiple Sclerosis can be purchased to give you more instructions for home-based exercises.

Exercising can help those with Multiple Sclerosis in so many ways, so get started exercising  and keep going and you will end up with good results in the end. There is also a book that I found that describes and shows you how to do exercises in a wheelchair, if that is what you need.

Go for physical therapy, if you can, because it can help in many ways to help your body to function better again, but if you can't go for physical therapy, find some type of exercise that you can do, since this can make a big difference in how well your body can function, if exercise is done more consistently over a period of time.

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