Study shows MS patients benefit from exercise

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Study shows MS patients benefit from exercise

Postby MSUK » Wed Oct 01, 2014 4:44 am

A new study has found that people with multiple sclerosis may reduce perceived fatigue and increase mobility through a series of combined strength training and fitness exercises.

The research from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche, supervised by Professor Raúl Reina, aimed to analyze the effects of strength training on the fatigue that MS patients suffer. A total of 19 participants (5 men and 14 women) were split into two groups. Most took part in a 12-week training program, whilst others were included in a control group. The research was conducted in collaboration with the Neurology Department of Elche General Hospital...... Read More - http://www.ms-uk.org/exerciseresearch
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Re: Study shows MS patients benefit from exercise

Postby Loriyas » Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:09 am

Thank you for posting this
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Re: Study shows MS patients benefit from exercise

Postby BigLou » Fri Oct 03, 2014 3:46 am

I'm not on any meds , started working out and eating clean for awhile now . No episodes for over a year and a half !Gonna do what DR Terry Wahl did for herself so I can stay off any meds , see how it goes ,so far so good !
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Re: Study shows MS patients benefit from exercise

Postby cheerleader » Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:42 pm

Go, Big Lou! (and welcome, too!)
My husband's still jogging and biking--7 1/2 years after his MS diagnosis, no progression, he's age 51 now.
Lifestyle modifications can make a big difference for many, not all, pwMS.
Here's more on another recent study that showed how aerobic exercise actually reversed brain atrophy in progressive MS.
http://ccsviinms.blogspot.com/2013/11/a ... otion.html

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Re: Study shows MS patients benefit from exercise

Postby Youarethecure » Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:18 pm

I definetly attribute much of me doing "pretty well" with this disease so far to weight lifting and exercising.
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Re: Study shows MS patients benefit from exercise

Postby kengriff » Tue Oct 07, 2014 3:20 am

Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disease in which the spinal cord and the insulating covers of nerve cells in brain are damaged.And now I am feeling happy that new study shows that exercise can reduce the risks of MS.
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Re: Study shows MS patients benefit from exercise

Postby zjac020 » Tue Oct 14, 2014 1:19 pm

As im based in Spain, I actually tried to get in contact with that university and team that carried out the study, I was very interested in knowing what kind of exercise program they devised, but received no reply.... :(
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Re: Study shows MS patients benefit from exercise

Postby CureOrBust » Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:24 am

zjac020 wrote:As im based in Spain, I actually tried to get in contact with that university and team that carried out the study, I was very interested in knowing what kind of exercise program they devised, but received no reply.... :(
I think this is a little more from the source. From the little extra I picked up from the article, the exercises were specific to the patients weaknesses.
http://www.science20.com/news_articles/multiple_sclerosis_patients_benefit_from_exercise-145999
I personally try to notice the parts of me that are weaker, and push that motion in both strength and endurance exercises. I have found it works for me personally.
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Re: Study shows MS patients benefit from exercise

Postby zjac020 » Wed Oct 15, 2014 5:45 am

The only relapse I've had to date has left weakness in my right side...that only appears after my body temp rises from intense exercise, hot baths or saunas. The dropped foot is what becomes most apparent but the whole right side becomes temporarily weaker. Problem is I don't know what exercise can specifically target this. In the average week i run 30mins, swim for 1 hour, machine pilates 1 hour, cycle for 1.5hrs and usually gym for 40 mins (most of it elíptica machine, sometimes 15 mins of weight lifting / pressups / sit ups too.

I'd like to think im covered. But after just over a year I haven't seen any real improvements. Healthy and fitness are better...but exacerbations still bring on drop foot and weakness in the right side.
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Re: Study shows MS patients benefit from exercise

Postby suze » Wed Oct 15, 2014 9:59 pm

I have found that specialist neurological physiotherapists are really good at designing exercises to target specific areas of weakness.
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