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Month: March 2015

Exercise and multiple sclerosis/autoimmune disease.


In addition to being essential to general health and well-being, exercise is helpful in managing many MS symptoms. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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.

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Alece Deluca

Alece Deluca
Certified Yoga Instructor

Alece is fascinated by the capabilities of the body and how it works. She started learning about the body through dance and theater work, and feels that yoga has piqued this curiosity and understanding to a profound level.

With the tools of movement, breath work and meditation, she identifies with the transformational benefits of yoga. After all, who couldn’t benefit from increased strength and flexibility, both physically and mentally?

24 Day Challenge

With warm humor and contagious enthusiasm, she offers alignment based Vinyasa classes that provide a nonjudgmental atmosphere where you will feel comfortable. She recently relocated to Columbus from New York City where she taught private lessons, corporate sessions, and group classes. She received her 200 hour certification through Om Yoga and is specialized in Prenatal Yoga (certified through the Prenatal Yoga Center – NYC).

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