In addition to being essential to general health and well-being, exercise is helpful in managing many MS symptoms. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society
- better cardiovascular fitness
- improved strength
- better bladder and bowel function
- less fatigue and depression
- a more positive attitude
- increased participation in social activities
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.