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Morganj

Exercises

Anyone have any good exercise ideas for someone with RRMS with severe back and hip pain. I was going to get a swimming pool pass. But would like do try other things aswell! Thanks ?

Stumbler

@Stumbler

@morganj , swimming is the best all round exercise for an MSer. It's both low impact and avoids the body over-heating. :wink:

MsHackney

@MsHackney

Can you see about getting referral to a neuro physio. My ms nurse referred me and they gave me specific exercises to do that really helped. Also swimming is fab. I also really rate Pilates as core strengthening

Morganj

@Morganj

Yes, I have a hard time walking long distances. Which is why I ultimately wanted to swim, I also really enjoy it.

MsHackney

@MsHackney

Also if I don't have much energy or school holidays I do fitness DVD. I like jillian Michaels shred. Only 20 mins.

Morganj

@Morganj

Thanks for your replies. I haven't seen my ms nurse in a while I have to contact her about more blood work so I'll mention it. Thanks ?

reddivine

@reddivine

Swimming is good and even if your hips play up, you can walk up and down the pool. The resistance of the water means you're getting those muscles walking. I'd also recommend tai chi. Good for balance, posture AND slow!! Not too demanding on the old leggies! For core strength, try belly dancing. Fun, gentle , you get to dress up, and fun & giggles!

potter

@potter

I still do my exercises from my physical therapist that I got eight years ago when I was first diagnosed. It's a mix of stretches and tai chi really makes a difference in my balance and walking. She worked around my bad knees and hips. I am sure they can do that with your back and hip pain. Potter

isaacson72

@isaacson72

I have a horrible lower back, and I find that hiking is actually wonderful. Walking on hard, flat surfaces doesn't work well for me but for some reason, hiking causes virtually no problems. Maybe the varied terrain or the weight of the pack pushing down on my tailbone? I have no idea. But it works. I also kayak. That is good upper-body exercise. My mid-back gets sore, but it's just because I'm relatively new at it so it's a new set of muscles soreness. The more I go, the better it feels!

isaacson72

@isaacson72

Also you don't have to hike long distances to make it worth your time. Just getting out there, for me, is the best thing ever. Good for the body AND the mind. Sometimes I just go for an hour around the hills in the park by my house, other times I drive to the mountains and do longer trips. Occasionally I strap everything on my back & spend the night in the mountains, that's my favorite but I don't do that as often as I used to - the logistics with a dog and a kid are too much. Anyway even just short hikes, a mile or less, are good exercise if it's hilly enough. And like I said...chronic back pain sufferer here, but hiking doesn't bother me hardly at all. If it starts to feel stiff, I sit down and have a drink or a snack, take in the view, then go again.

Morganj

@Morganj

I haven't seen a physiotherapist yet but I'll try to get an appointment! I also live where their is hundreds of hiking trails! I also love kayaking, went yesterday and just getting ready to go again. I find it helps my mind clear up. Also a distraction from stress and pain.

isaacson72

@isaacson72

I find it's hard to listen to my body when it says stop. I know this about myself with hiking, I always go way past what I should do. But I'm one of those hikers who has to get to the view (unless, of course, conditions force me to turn around, I'm not a risk taker), so I pay for it usually the next day. And now I notice I do that with kayaking, I paddle until I can paddle no more... then a couple days later my back muscles are screaming at me! Whoops. It really is mind clearing. I love to paddle to the middle of the lake or channel (if there are no large motor boats around) and just sit there. No cell phone, no nothing. Some people meditate, and I try that from time to time. But for me, it's being in the woods or on the water. It's really soothing (and it's good exercise).

HoneyB

@HoneyB

Agree that advice from a neuro-physio specialising in MS would be good. The exercises that I was given by mine have been so valuable, a year on. She also suggested that I joined a gym and gave me strict instructions about what pieces of equipment to use and what to avoid! She recommended neuro-pilates too. Good luck!