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Stretching Key for Individuals with MS Multiple Sclerosis

Living with MS is a challenge, but it's a challenge that
can be met. Keeping yourself well, both physically and emotionally,is the key. How and what you do for yourself ~how you take control ~ will play a big part.

Stretching is key for someone with MS. Stretching will help you to be physically in control. This type of exercise will assist in increasing or improving flexibility levels and range of motion.
  

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central 

nervous system that interferes with the brain's ability 

to send and receive messages.

It is called "Multiple" because more than one area of 

the brain and/or spinal cord is affected.

It is called "Sclerosis" because MS caused tissue to 

become hardened ("sclerosed").


MS and Mobility

There are many reasons that a person with MS may develop difficulty 

with mobility:

  • Weakness
  • Sensory changes
  • Imbalance
  • Visual Blurring
  • Double vision
  • Pain


MS Spasticity and Stiffness

Spasticity can slow us down, or stop us in our tracks. Muscles do not 

relax as much or as easily as they should. Because of this, spasticity 
affects movement (and is therefore considered a motor symptom, as 
opposed to a sensory symptom).
Stiffness can be thought of as mild spasticity. Stiffness can cause 
problems walking or using the hands and fingers to perform delicate 
movements. In some cases, the stiffness may not pose a huge problem. 
In other cases, the spasticity can cause problems with mobility or be 
painful enough to interfere with daily life.

Stretching and Flexibility

Stretching and flexibility are important for an exercise program. The most effective stretches include 2 types of stretching, static and dynamic. And a range of stretching techniques for specific body regions for overall flexibility.