Dr Ritchie Russell's program

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Dr Ritchie Russell's program

Post by hwebb » Sun Feb 13, 2011 12:31 pm

I'm starting this thread so I can find out more about neurologist Dr Ritchie Russell's multiple sclerosis exercise program. Anyone tried it?

In a nutshell, Dr Russell felt the blood brain barrier could be rebuilt, and blood flow stabilised, if patients did regular exercise in the supine position.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/article ... -0068a.pdf

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what type of exercise?

Post by Selmahope » Sat Feb 19, 2011 7:00 am

What type of exercises?

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excercise program

Post by hwebb » Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:58 pm

well - that's what I'm hoping to find out as i can't get hold of the book. But I believe they are excercises such as bench presses - things you can do while flat on your back. This would force blood through your jugulars...which operate when you are in the supine position.

When I read this, i thought...this Dr is onto something. The doctor believed this type of excercise would strengthen your blood brain barrier.

There are 15 minute sets of excercises.

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Post by ikulo » Tue Feb 22, 2011 7:08 pm

I would urge caution when attempting such exercises. The greater volume of blood combined with a dysfunctional drainage system could actually cause a worse reflux. It's essentially like a valsalva maneuver, which tends to cause reflux.

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gathering info

Post by hwebb » Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:20 am

Hi Ikulo,

I've been liberated...just notice that my jugulars feel better after aerobic excercise (I feel mild pressure in them when I wake up, but no pressure after my morning workout). Looking to explore suggested Dr Russell's suggested excercises.

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Re: Dr Ritchie Russell's program

Post by Ld2014 » Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:41 am

The book is available from the British Library - downloadable or in print for a fee. This is the only place I have been able to find it.

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Re: Dr Ritchie Russell's program

Post by Kronk » Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:51 am

I have been doing a very similar program for the last 6 months. Its called 5x5 stronglifts. Basically after a warm up you do 4 compound lifts (using multiple muscles) such as deadlift, squat, bench press, barbell row, shoulder press. You lift an extremely heavy weight for 5 sets of 5 reps. The intensity is extreme and I sweat like a beast. I did find evidence that extremely intense exercise ruptures the Blood Brain Barrier. However, like any bodybuilder knows you must "break" muscle cells so that they super-compensate and grow bigger and stronger. Much like the saying no pain no gain :) This may work for the endothelium as well.

Ld2014, or anyone else, do you have a link to that download? it would be much appreciated...

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24194479
"...it appears that the BBB may be compromised following exercise, with the severity dependent on exercise intensity..."

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1650437
"...These results suggest that short-term Free Swimming increases BBB permeability in specific brain regions..."

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Post by Kronk » Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:57 am

Found the Link they want 46pounds... ouch

http://explore.bl.uk/primo_library/libw ... 6863979&vl(freeText0%29=ritchie%20russell&vid=BLVU1&mode=Basic

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Re: Dr Ritchie Russell's program

Post by pushingForward » Tue Apr 29, 2014 12:30 pm

I have posted on this before, but it seemed as there was not much interest - I do exercises (many in a supine position) using an exercise system called Redcord. Here is my previous post on it: http://www.thisisms.com/forum/general-d ... 22705.html.

I have experienced slightly better mobility since starting it.

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