In a published study, a team of researchers from Germany identified an association between increased physical activity and improved mental health in patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Based on the results, the researchers believe that physical activity and exercise have considerable health benefits for MS patients.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system. In MS, the coating around nerve fibres (called myelin) is damaged, causing a range of symptoms. More than 100,000 people in the UK have MS. Symptoms usually start in your 20s and 30s and it affects almost three times as many women as men.
Brain inflammation in MS often leads to functional impairments and reduced mobility which is associated with both low levels of physical activity and reduced health-related quality of life compared to healthy people. Physical inactivity and the resulting symptoms have the potential to further decrease health in MS. Quality of life in MS patients is generally worse than in the general population and as the disease progresses, it is even lower in patients with progressive MS compared to patients with relapsing-remitting MS. Since MS patients are not only concerned about physical disability but also work limitations, social status and emotional aspects, quality of life can dramatically worsen, even at a point when physical disability has yet to become a major problem. It has been shown that exercise has the capability to alleviate MS-specific symptoms and functional deficits. Exercise has proven effective in improving walking ability as well as muscle strength and aerobic capacity.
Remarkable and significant differences were found in the study regarding vitality, general health perception, social functioning and mental health, all in favour of physically active patients. Based on these results, the researchers concluded that physical activity and exercise have a considerable health benefit for MS patients and consequently should represent an essential part of successful symptom management in MS therapy, especially in early disease stages. Similarly there have been studies with other neurological conditions such as Parkinson's, Huntington's and also Stroke patients of which participation of regular exercise has a great many benefits.
Please view the video below for an example of some Seated Exercises for MS (Multiple Sclerosis) that you can do in the comfort of your own home...
RLR Therapy also provides exercise for people with Neurological Conditions (MS, Stroke and Parkinson's). Please enquire for more information.
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RLR Therapy/Ruth Reid APPI, FFHT Qualified Clinical Pilates Instructor & Exercise Therapist Providing more than 10 years Pilates experience for clinical, neurological and older adult exercise, RLR Therapy is deeply passionate about Pilates as a researched and evidence based exercise methodology. We aim to be empathetic in helping and supporting you to achieve both your current and long term goals. With our experience, keeping up to date with the latest research and training, and local affiliations with other health professionals, we can ensure a unique and personalised service. Services we provide: Pilates Classes, 1:1 and Small Group Exercise, Pilates Reformer and Chair Exercise, Seated Exercise in Care Homes, Older Adult Exercise, Exercise for Neurological Conditions (Parkinsons, Multiple Sclerosis and Stroke)