Here at Fitness Resources we work with physicians and healthcare providers to provide post-rehab programs for patients with injuries and systemic diseases. It is rewarding to take clients that have had a hip or knee surgery and help them get back to walking and/or running properly again. Our post-rehab services also include exercise programs to help patients bring their type II diabetes under control to improve their quality of their life.
Help for MS patients
In addition to being essential to general health and well-being, exercise is helpful in managing many MS symptoms. A study published by researchers at the University of Utah in 1996 was the first to demonstrate the benefits of exercise for people with MS. Those patients who participated in an aerobic exercise program benefited from: better cardiovascular fitness, improved strength, better bladder and bowel function, less fatigue and depression, a more positive attitude, increased participation in social activities. Additional studies have confirmed the benefits of exercise, including improvement in cognitive function and mood enhancement.
Inactivity in people with or without MS can result in numerous risk factors associated with coronary heart disease. In addition, it can lead to weakness of muscles, decreased bone density with an increased risk of fracture and shallow, inefficient breathing.
An exercise program needs to fit the capabilities and limitations of the individual. It may need to be adjusted as changes occur in MS symptoms. A physical therapist experienced with MS can be helpful in designing, supervising and revising an exercise program. Any person with MS who is initiating a new exercise program should also consult with a physician before starting.
Periods of exercise should be carefully timed to avoid the hotter periods of the day and prevent excessive fatigue. With some guidelines, an exercise program can help maintain good health.