Does exercise help stop MS disabilities?
Great question and thank you! Disability as a result of MS is due to the disease itself. A properly designed exercise program, while not stopping the disability per se, will allow you to overcome the severity and impact of your disability. I myself have MS, and it has impacted my lower body mobilities. It is critical that an exercise regimen includes strengthening not only the affected muscle group(s), but the entire body as well, including your heart AND lungs.
Certified personal trainer and young sports conditioning coach
Founder and owner of the MS Forward fitness gym in Omaha, NE.
Exercise and progressive resistance training are the only modalities known to improve function in the majority of MS patients. Some drugs like Ampyra, can improve function in about 50% of patients, but the benefits are greater when combined when combined with an exercise and progressive resistance training program.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego