The National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The use of any type of mobility device is often viewed as the hallmark
of disability, the ultimate sign of defeat. Viewed from a different perspective,
however, canes, walkers, motorized scooters, and wheelchairs help people
live active lives. They promote independence, conserve energy, and generally
make life easier.
Most gait problems can be helped to some extent by physical therapy, by the use of appropriate assistive devices and, in some cases, by medications.
Staying Healthy, Staying Mobile
Regular, moderate physical exercise is good for body, mind, and spirit.
Exercise builds a reserve of muscle strength and cardiovascular function.
Then, if an attack of MS calls for a time-out, the reserve is available.
Study Examines Relationship Between Mobility And Use Of Preventive Health Services By Women With MS
Care Recommendations for Adults with MS: The Basic Facts
Aqua exercise lets people with MS move in ways that their disability might not otherwise allow.
Aquatics: An overview
Help improve or maintain strength, flexibility, and balance, and encourage a meditative mental state with adaptive tai chi and yoga.
These illustrated manuals provide basic range-of-motion, stretching, and balance exercises for at-home program.
For People with MS
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With a Helper for People with MS
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The National MS Society can provide local referrals to private and group instruction in a wide variety of sports activities and exercise programs, modified for people with MS.
For many Americans, the automobile is a primary source of independence. Explore the impact of MS on driving, as well as options and resources for people who want to continue driving safely.
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