- Warm up and cool down to prevent muscle injury
- Moderate exercise for 20 minutes every other day is recommended
- Aquatics are great because it cools you down while you exercise and you can do any exercises you want!
- Yoga is a great stretching program but stay away from hot room yoga classes!
- Avoid exercise/resistance bands as they can intensify spasticity
- Cardio, strength, and flexibility should all be performed weekly!
- Exercising can increase body temperature so make sure to wear an ice pack or cooling vest during exercise, take a cold shower afterward, exercise in a 80-85 degree pool, or are indoors near the air conditioner.
- Multiple studies have shown that a diet low in fat may slow the disease progression and symptoms
- Saturated fat intake of 17 g or less per day
- Certain studies state that high fiber and intake of omega-3 fatty acids can help minimize symptoms
- Recommended foods:
- Vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, seafood, egg whites
- Foods to avoid:
- Meat, eggs, dairy, baked goods, fried foods, fast food, chips, chocolate, oils, and margarine
- Slight decreases in core temperature can alleviate symptoms
- Cooling vests, ice packs, cold showers, and air conditioned rooms are great for cooling
- Make sure you are maintaining your body temperature at all times especially while exercising
- Long-term use of cooling for at least a month resulted in patient reports of decreased fatigue occurrences, increased strength, and less frequent episodes of deterioration.
- Can reduce overall tremor strength and occurrence
We treat MS (Multiple Sclerosis) patients in the 34711 area!