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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 emotionally 

and physically, is the key. How and what you do for 

yourself ~ how you take control ~ will play a big part.






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.