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Multiple Sclerosis Therapy
Frequently Asked Questions

Can individuals with MS exercise?

Yes, research has clearly demonstrated that individuals with MS benefit from exercise. Exercise improves:

  • Cardiovascular fitness
  • Strength
  • Bladder and bowel function
  • Fatigue and depression
  • Participation in social activities

However, individuals with MS need to exercise wisely to avoid increasing fatigue and overheating. Our therapy team will work with you to develop a smart exercise program to help you enjoy life and achieve your goals.

How can therapy help me walk better?

MS affects walking in many different ways – muscle weakness, spasticity, altered coordination, and sensation. Our physical therapists will teach you exercises to stretch and strengthen muscles to help you establish a more efficient stride.

I am newly diagnosed with MS. Can I benefit?

Just like with medication, early intervention with therapy improves long-term health and wellness. Research has shown that individuals with MS who take an active role in managing their condition through exercise and wellness activities appreciate higher function throughout their life.

Can therapy help with muscle tightness?

Many individuals with MS experience spasticity or extreme muscle tightness. This can result in difficulty moving and increased risk of falls as muscles don’t respond appropriately. Your therapist will help you improve your muscle tone through specific stretches performed in the clinic and prescribed in a home program.

Can I attend therapy if I utilize a wheelchair?

Absolutely! Your therapist will design a program to fit your specific needs. Regardless of your ability to stand or walk, we can help you improve your strength, mobility and quality of life.