Multiple sclerosis is an auto-immune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks its central nervous system. The development of the condition will affect everyone differently. Some people will progress quickly with debilitating symptoms while others may go for years without an issue. There is no cure for MS but there are drug and physical therapies that can be effective in dealing with the symptoms.
Those dealing with multiple sclerosis are encouraged to exercise in order to help ease pain and symptoms brought about by MS. However, which exercise can be effective at relieving issues, too much exercise can create new problems.
Doctors should always be consulted first before a regiment of exercise is introduced. They may have some cautionary advice to give based on your specific condition. They can help you select the right exercises to incorporate into your daily life and what level of intensity is considered safe for your health. They can also advise you on physical limitations you may have with an MS diagnosis so you can prevent additional injuries.
Unlike some physically active individuals who push themselves regardless of pain, those suffering with MS symptoms should never overexert themselves physically. Any sign of pain or feelings of dizziness should signal that you stop what you are doing immediately and rest. Because muscle control can be affected by MS, it will be necessary to take precautions before and during exercise routines. Don’t work out in areas not safe for you including in dark rooms or on floors that can be slippery.
Remember to go at a pace you are comfortable with. Always start with slower warm up exercises to get your body ready to move. Work up to the desired level of activity over a period of time rather than trying to do it all at on time.