Last reply 5 days ago
Essential Exercise?

I’ve been working with a PT for my hip replacement and went to a different one to work on MS issues. I found the standard PT doesn’t know quite how to work with or is even aware of MS challenges.

What exercises/PT do you feel are essential to do for your MS symptoms and how frequently do you do them? what do you feel are the benefits?

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4 months ago

@itsmewithms , you’re right about physios. You want to see if there is a Neuro-physio you can see. They understand our specific problems.

Here’s a webpage with various links to exercise for MSers :-

3 months ago

@itsmewithms I go 2-3 times a week to a center where I do exercises to strengthen the core, balance and stretching exercises, and hydropherapy; the water relieves the stiffness in my feet and the whole atmosphere is relaxing and uplifting.

3 months ago

@embroideress can I ask what core exercises you find the most useful? especially ones that don’t require balance/standing as my PT kept focusing on glutes to the exclusion of all else! I am working through strengthening after hip replacement two years ago and know glute work is needed but think the core could use more as well.

Looking for things to add to my daily routine I can do in my own home – but I have a pretty nice set-up. Thanks!

3 months ago

@itsmewithms well, we work with the fitball (the big silver ball, not sure the name) sitting, leg extensions, lying over it backwards to stretch; we also do different plank exercises, standard and lateral, but I guess these require balance. Some other exercises are flat on the back tightening the abs as you slowly breath out, bringing the small of the back to the floor, and when breathing in, arching the back. then knees folded, feet on the floor, bridge poses, standard and dynamic, slowly swaying the hips, or with one leg extended. Or, still with knees bent, feet on the floor, a very slow sit ups as you breathe out, slowly lying back down as you breathe in. You can probably find demonstrations on You Tube, as it’s hard to picture from a description!

These exercises have had the result of making me aware of how I stand and sit, and having a strong tight core helps me stand without getting tired for longer.

1 week ago

For Christmas I will be getting a heart rate monitor and sleep tracker (Garmin Vivo4) selected above the Fitbit Inspire I’ll be prepared to try HIT to the extent I can-

Should have Physical and Cognitive improvements- that is the new year challenge…but why wait? ;-0

5 days ago

I’ll put in here some recommendations from my PT guy with some experience with me (with MS and Drop Foot among other things 😉 and with others that have other neuro issues as well. I told him that some had recommended calf raises to help with drop foot. He said that would primarily work the calf muscles that pull the foot down. While we need that to walk and maintain balance we need to really work the muscles down the front of our shin that pull our toes up.

I can see that those are weak for me and more so as I wore the AFO for some time so they didn’t need to work as much…but I did keep from stumbling and falling 😉

So- instead he suggested that I work on “heel walks” so walk on my heels with my toes pointing up…next to my balance bar or something to make sure I don’t lose my balance. A new thing on the PT list for the week ;-0

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