Physical Evolution

Physical Evolution

Multiple Sclerosis

‘Exercise can improve symptoms and help slow the progression of Multiple Sclerosis’

What is it?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune condition of the central nervous system. This impairs the conduction of nerve signals within the brain and spinal cord. Motor symptoms may accompany the condition eliciting functional changes to strength, balance, coordination and mobility. 

How can exercise help someone with Multiple Sclerosis?

Exercise may not be the first thing that you think of when diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. However, individually tailored exercise programs can be highly beneficial in promoting continued mobility and contributing to your overall health and wellbeing. 

Individuals with MS often reduce physical activity due to the fear of worsening symptoms and the progression of the disease. However, evidence has shown that exercise does not trigger an exacerbation of MS symptoms or adversely affect the disease process. In fact, research supports exercise in the management of MS, as it improves muscle strength, motor function, cardiovascular health, endurance, fatigue levels and cognition. 

There is a growing amount of research to support the neuroprotective effects of exercise and its ability to slow the progression of the disease. At Physical Evolution we prescribe personalised exercise programs that help reduce the severity of symptoms and increase optimal level of patient function to improve overall quality of life.

Currently, there is no known cure for MS. Exercise is an evidence-based, safe and effective treatment modality in MS rehabilitation. Research suggests that exercise can provide neuroprotective effects that may help to manage symptoms, slow the progression of the disease, and decrease the effects of physical inactivity.