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.
Fitness Resources’ Christine Smothers, ATC/L, NCSF-CPT is a licensed athletic trainer has worked with athletes and non-athletes for over 10 years. She has provided fitness and wellness programming to individuals and groups, always stressing the importance of physical fitness and overall wellness. She has developed and implemented strength, cardiovascular, weight loss and flexibility programs and has trained many clients in the proper use of her programs. She also focuses on injury prevention, rehabilitation and emergency care as an athletic trainer. In 2005, Christine was diagnosed with MS. Her diagnosis spurred her to incorporate exercise, food as medicine, stress management, yoga and other alternative approaches to health and wellness into her daily routine and into her overall approach to life. She relies on her fitness and wellness regimen to control her MS and stop its progression. She has been a competitive body builder for three years and has placed in the shows in which she’s competed. Christine specializes in helping MS patients manage their health and physical well-being. Schedule a free consultation with her today: 614-291-FITT (3488)