Types of Multiple Sclerosis Exercise
That Can Be Done At Home
To Help Improve How Well We Can Function
When it comes to Multiple
Sclerosis exercise, are there exercises that can
help people with Multiple Sclerosis to regain more of their abilities
to function better again, that can be done sat home?
What can help you to improve how well you can function?
This is a very good question.
When it comes to the degree of disability that can be caused by the
effects of Multiple Sclerosis attacking our bodies, the amount that we
are able to function can vary from having difficulty walking, to
needing to use a cane or a walker, or if the disability is severe
enough we can get to the point where we can no longer stand or walk and
we need to use a wheelchair to get around.
But can anything help us to improve how well our bodies can function?
what I have been finding out from the doctors that I have been to I
Many different types of doctors are seeing a trend,
where doing exercises with people, who have been diagnosed
Multiple Sclerosis, can help us to function better
Our nerves and our muscles can be retrained, improved, redeveloped and
strengthened through doing exercises.
For people with Multiple
Sclerosis that can still stand or walk, but to a lesser degree than
they were able to walk or stand before Multiple Sclerosis attacked the
body and reduced how well it can function, there are exercises that can
be done to help improve your ability to stand and/or walk.
you can stand and/or walk, even some, you are ahead of the game in
using exercise to regain more of your ability to function better again.
exercise, for people, who can stand or walk at least
partially, can include:
type of exercises aim at increasing bone density in the legs and other
parts of the body by exercising while standing, walking, jumping,
balancing on one leg or some other type of exercises where the weight
of the body on the legs (as an example) can stimulate the body to
increase how strong our bones are at any given time.
of these types of exercises may be too difficult to do at first, but it
is much better for you to start doing exercises that are possible for
you to do at first and then as you develop a routine of exercising this
can help to improve what you are able to do and more different types of
exercises can be gradually added as you are able to do more.
Swimming is a good exercise for those with Multiple Sclerosis to do to
improve circulation and oxygenation of the brain and the rest of the
body, swimming does not help with increasing bone density.
also helps people, who are unable to stand and walk on land to get the
body used to walking again by walking in water in a pool that is at
least 3 or 4 feet deep, since the water supports the weight of our
bodies and allows us to be able to stand and walk in water, even if we
are unable to do so on land.
density bones and fracturing or breaking bones can be a
for those of us with Multiple Sclerosis to have weak or brittle bones
from not being able to stand much, walk much or at all.
The lack of our ability to exercise by putting more of our
weight on our bones actually weakens our bones by making them less
dense (weakness of the bones can set us up for us ending up with
more bone fractures when ever we fall).
a walker to practice standing and/or walking even a few yards can help
improve bone density, as well as using a rebounder or riding a
stationary bike, if you are able to stand up for at least 5 to 10
If you are unable to stand, propping your feet on a
rebounder and having someone that can stand move up and down on the
rebounder can give you the benefits of exercising using the rebounder,
as if you used the rebounder to exercise yourself!
with a rebounder can actually help to increase bone density for those
of us with Multiple Sclerosis, who are unable to stand.
an Exercise Bike
sounds easy enough, but often the way that some exercise bikes are made
requires you to be able to stand on one foot and step over the center
part of the bike for you to be able to get on it.
mind, if you are considering purchasing an exercise bike.
are not able to stand on one foot and step over the center of the bike,
this type of design will not work for you.
can sometimes give us set backs, you might want to keep this in mind
when purchasing an exercise bike, in case you may have a MS relapse
along the way that causes you to lose the ability to balance on one
foot or lose you ability to step over anything.
There are other ways that exercise bikes are designed that avoid this
of the exercise bikes that are easier for those of us with more severe
MS disabilities to use are sometimes called combine bikes.
you are uncertain as to which type of exercise bike that may work for
you, based on how well your body functions, you might want to contact
some of the rehabilitation facilities in your area to see if they can
recommend a type of exercise bike that is easier for you to use to
exercise at home.
Exercising using an exercise bike can help to do the following:
* increases circulation and oxygenation
the blood the brain
and other parts of the
* gives a good cardiovascular workout that
helps to exercise the heart and all of
* improves stamina
* helps to strengthen the leg muscles and
nerve pathways in the
* increases energy levels
* reduces degree of ms fatigue (if done
consistently over a
period of time).
is sort of like a mini trampoline, but the exercises done on this does
not require having your feet leave the surface of the rebounder. The up
and down motion, while standing on it, gives many benefits to those who
Even if you are unable to stand, you can gain the
following benefits by having someone else move up and down on the
rebounder while you place your legs (and feet) on the rebounder while
the other person is exercising.
The rebounder exercises can help to:
* increase bone density
* increase circulation and oxygenation of the
blood, brain and other parts of the body
* increase balance
* increase muscle strength
* increase endurance
* increase lung capacity
* redevelop nerve pathways or nerves
consistently over a period of time)
* increase energy levels and decrease
is a ball that you sit on and do exercises on it and with it.
Exercise balls come in varying sizes depending on what you
intending on using them for.
Balance Ball exercises can help to:
* to improve balance
* increase stamina
* increase circulation and oxygenation of
* increase stamina
* increase energy levels
* strengthen trunk muscles and muscles
the lower back
* helps to straighten out or unscramble
and helps to reconnect or
nerve pathways through out
different parts of
exercises help to improve how well the arms, shoulders, wrists and
trunk muscles can function, in addition to helping retrain the nerves
connected to these muscle groups.
bands can be used to strengthen and stretch the muscle in the legs,
arms or other parts of the body.
These can also assist in
redeveloping neural pathways or nerves connected to the muscles being
exercised, if done consistently over a period of time.
you are still able to walk some, walking would not be where I suggest
that you start with whatever exercises that you can do and work your
way up to adding more different types of exercises as you go to improve
how well you can stand or walk.
you can still stand or walk some, start out exercising to
strengthen the muscles and make sure you stretch any tight muscle
groups before exercising to prevent hurting yourself, while exercising.
Exercises that help to redevelop the nerves, increase bone
density can also help to improve how well your body can function.d
is also good to practice stepping up, do rebounder exercises
if you can
(this will help
speed up recovery more by improving your ability to functioned
better sooner) or any type of exercise that helps to improve how well
you can step up to push off, like walking up a few steps can help to
retrain the feet ankles and legs for starting to be able to walk again
or to improve how well you are currently walking already..
After strengthening the muscles, bones and
nerves, then gradually add walking or at least practice walking with a
walker. You may have to practice standing for longer periods
time before you start adding walking with the walker for further
distances, if you have more problems with balancing or with standing
for longer periods of time.
exercises or Walking Uphill
up on something or stepping up on the first 1 or 2 steps of a stair
case can help to improve the strength and bone density of the legs,
lower back and other parts of the body.
When you are unable to
take a step up for a longer period of time, because of the effects of
Sclerosis on your body, this can be a very difficult exercise to do.
out with one or 2 steps and gradually increase the amount that you are
doing as you are able to increase it.
Don't push yourself too hard over
a shorter period of time.
The effects are better and longer
lasting if you work with your body instead of increasing the amount of
exercises that you are doing past what your body can tolerate.
This type of exercise can help to reconnect the nerves where they have
been damaged because of MS attacks on the nerves.
the nerves to develop this type of exercise should be done in smaller
amounts and done more consistently for a more extended length
time (I'm talking about doing this exercise in smaller amounts as many
days of the week as you are able to handle -- at least 2 to 4 times per
week -- and do this consistently for
at least 3 to 6 months straight or even longer).
is a very good exercise to do, if you are able to do this exercise.
To jump rope, you have to be able to balance on one foot
may or may not be possible for you because of the effects of Multiple
Sclerosis on your
I would suggest that this is a more advanced exercise
what most people with Multiple Sclerosis can handle doing, at least
You can work up to being able to do this if you
your body can handle it.
I look at this as a goal exercise, since doing this may be way beyond
what you are able to do currently.
As you continue exercising and adding more different
and your ability to function increases (exercises that you were unable
to do previously, when you first started), this may be a long term goal
for you to work towards in the future some time.
I don't recommend
doing all of these exercises together, but rather choose something you
can do on a consistent basis and gradually increase the length of time
that you do exercises for your chosen method of exercise.
improve on how well you can function and on how much you are able to
do, add something new that will exercise your body in different ways.
you set out to consistently do exercises for yourself to help your body
to function better, you will gradually get to the point where you do
you can help yourself by exercising as much as you can handle
get back more of your ability to function that Multiple Sclerosis had
taken away from you before.
Don't let Multiple Sclerosis take away every-
that you enjoy in life.
Take your life back by fight back
Exercising is one way of doing this!
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