Patients Can Benefit from Exercising

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease in which the immune system attacks and destroys the fatty myelin coating that surrounds and insulates nerve cells, a process known as demyelination. Some of the common symptoms experienced by people with MS include, fatigue, muscle spasms, walking difficulties, and numbness and tingling of the face, body, arms and legs.

Fig. 1. Physical exercise.

Physical activity increases strength and self-confidence and helps reduce the risk of those with MS developing cardiac diseases, bone fractures, and other conditions. One study indicates that lack of exercise and a poor diet are the most common risk factors for those with MS.

The first study on the benefits that exercise can provide to people with MS was published by University of Utah researchers in 1996. The participants improved their cardiovascular, bladder and bowel function, increased their strength, experienced less

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