MS Exercise & Wellness

MS EXERCISE & WELLNESS was designed to enhance the lives of those living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) through exercise and socialization. The program is available to people in the community diagnosed with MS.

COMMUNITY- BASED GROUP EXERCISE

Through a community-based group exercise program, those living with MS will have the means to increase activity level and overall function. Engaging in a community exercise program could also reduce the impact of physical, mental, and cognitive symptoms associated with an MS diagnosis.  While exercise is the basic component of the program, participants will also benefit from socializing in a group setting; building relationships; and creating a sense of camaraderie, which can lead to better mental health.

WHY PEOPLE LIVING WITH MS SHOULD EXERCISE?

Research shows that exercise can positively affect people living with MS and should be an integral part of their rehabilitation, which refutes the myth that exercise and physical activity provoke symptoms and trigger exacerbations and relapses.

MS EXERCISE & WELLNESS PROGRAM BENEFITS:

Provides a cost-effective way for people with MS to maintain control of their health and can serve as a viable adjunct to individualized rehabilitative care.

MS EXERCISE & WELLNESS focuses on:

  • Reducing fatigue, a debilitating symptom for those living with MS
  • Improving cardiorespiratory fitness, muscle strength and endurance
  • Increasing heart and respiratory rates during exercise, which provides increased blood flow and oxygen to the musculature
  • Supporting the Continuum of Care philosophy, giving patients the peace of mind to know that their “Network of Professionals” are all working together for the benefit of their overall health and well-being.

Neurologist/Movement Disorder Specialist>< Physical Therapist; Occupational Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist><Exercise Professional

TRAINERS
MS EXERCISE & WELLNESS classes are taught by trainers from LDBF Boxing for Parkinson’s,  metro-Atlanta’s largest Parkinson’s exercise program. Each trainer has specific training and certifications to appropriately work with those living with MS and understand the modifications, concentrations, limitations, precautions, and specific safety concerns necessary to providing a safe and beneficial program to the MS community.

MS Exercise & Wellness offers four classes:

GENERAL EXERCISE: including CIRCUIT TRAINING/AEROBIC CONDITIONING/NON- CONTACT BOXING:

Circuit Training includes stations that address flexibility, strength, coordination, stability, balance, and agility and aerobic conditioning.

Aerobic conditioning offers low to moderate intensity to help improve aerobic fitness and reduce fatigue.

Boxing both standing and seated works on:

·       Footwork

·       Balance

·       Agility

·       Movement in all Planes

·       Hand-Eye Coordination

·       Strength and Endurance

·       Flexibility

·       Posture

·       Breathing

·       Cognition

·       Aerobic Conditioning

 

YOGA AND MEDITATION:

Teaches breathing techniques that can help combat feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. Yoga improves balance and flexibility. Awareness and engagement of core muscles benefit posture. Active and passive stretching leads to better joint mobility and flexibility. Low impact strengthening exercises keeps joints safe.

Mindful meditation has shown to decrease cortisol levels and improve fatigue, sleep, depression, and anxiety. Since stress has been linked to MS relapses, and meditation has been shown to relieve biological markers of stress, it could help slow MS progression. People with MS usually have elevated levels of cortisol, a hormone the body releases in response to stress. Higher levels of cortisol lead to people with MS developing a resistance to cortisol; not benefitting from the hormone’s normal anti-inflammatory effects.

OPTIMIZING EXERCISE:

Teaches stretching and strengthening, balance, posture, breathing, cognition, fall prevention and recovery, elements of Tai Chi and LSVT BIG, and includes the following:

Flexibility exercises

Flexibility exercises incorporating the stretching of muscles may diminish spasticity and prevent future contractures.

Balance and coordination exercises

Balance exercises have beneficial effects on the incidence of falling and can improve overall balance. This includes reaction time, visual perception, and dexterity, important elements of coordination. Vision is also affected by MS resulting in blurred vision, poor contrast or color vision, and pain with eye movement which can interfere with hand- eye coordination. Problems with vision, including depth perception, all increase the likelihood of falls.   

Hand dexterity and coordination

Movements in the fingers and hands require a high level of dexterity and complexity. MS interferes with the sensory signals, resulting in a loss of sensation, coordination, strength, and dexterity. Exercise improves coordination and builds strength.

Motor Control

The ability to perform tasks with the same amount of accuracy and speed declines with MS. Exercises emphasizing motor control could help regain or maintain motor control during everyday tasks.

 

SPEECH THERAPY (includes swallowing, breathing, posture and cognition elements):

Speech problems, including slurring (dysarthria), and low volume occur in approximately 25-40% of people with MS, particularly later in the disease course and in periods of extreme fatigue. In addition to speech classes, voice projection and articulation will be emphasized in all class types.

Swallowing problems (dysphagia) results from damage to the nerves which control the many small muscles in the mouth and throat. Swallowing problems should be addressed on an individual basis, but basic swallowing exercises are practiced in speech classes.

Respiration problems occur in people with MS due to weakening of chest muscles. Breathing exercises are taught in all class types.

CLASSES FOCUS ON IMPROVING MS SYMPTOMS, INCLUDING:

·       Fatigue

·       Walking (gait) difficulties

·       Muscle weakness

·       Spasms and spasticity

·       Dynamic Balance

·       Coordination: emphasis on fluid movements

·       Posture

·       Breathing

·       Cognitive function

·       Depression and anxiety

·       Decreased functional mobility

·       Speech and swallowing

 

CLASS REGISTRATION AND ASSESSMENT DETAILS:

Class Fees:

$15.00 per class

Class Equipment Requirements:

Each participant is required to purchase the following personal equipment corresponding to class type:

Yoga and Optimizing Classes require:

·       (1) non- slip yoga mat, (2) yoga blocks and (1) yoga strap

Boxing Classes require:

·       boxing gloves (14 ounces for less resistance or 16 ounces for more resistance), and gel gloves or hand wraps

Class Location:    

6667 Vernon Woods Drive

Suite A-16 (Lower level)

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Class Registration and Assessment:

CLICK HERE for Registration / Self -Evaluation

Please fill out Registration/ Self -Evaluation online or copy and send email to info@cmcms.org.

Upon registration, all applicants will be contacted to schedule a free assessment to ensure safety and proper class placement prior to beginning classes.

CLICK HERE for Exercise Medical Clearance.

Please have your physician complete the Exercise Medical Clearance Form and bring it with you to the assessment.

For More Information:

Denise Formisano
(404) 747- 3032
info@cmcms.org