Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Can Aqua or Water Therapy Help with MS?

Multiple Sclerosis therapy:

Aquatic or water therapy, is one of the therapies, that is gaining more popularity with helping to give those with Multiple Sclerosis exercises, that they can do, without over exerting the body and making those with MS too exhausted. In some cases of Multiple Sclerosis, traditional physical therapy and other exercises can sometimes be too much for the person's body to tolerate. In these cases of MS, the result of doing more strenuous physical therapy just adds to the fatigue that is already present, without the person gaining all of the benefits of doing the exercises.

Exercising in a pool, with the water about waist deep, can help much more in many cases of Multiple Sclerosis by:

* Supporting the weight of the body
* Reducing over exertion and fatigue to Multiple Sclerosis patients
* Cushioning the impact on the joints
* Strengthening the muscles by increasing water resistance, that the muscles need to work against .

The exercises that are chosen, to be used in aqua therapy for MS patients, are chosen to target and strengthen specific muscle groups that can help to increase balance, increase muscle strength, increase flexibility and help to build up stamina and endurance.

More doctors are also finding that aqua or water therapy can help those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis walk again, because if you can’t walk on land, you can still walk in a pool. This is possible because the water supports the weight of the body and the body does not have to compete against the pull of gravity for a person to be able to stand up and walk. The pool has to be at least waist deep for the person to walk, but it allows the body to practice walking again, even if you haven't been able to walk for several years.

For more information on other Alternative and Natural ways that I have found that help to reduce the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, go to: http://www.TamingMultipleSclerosis.com/ for more information.


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