Exercise and Multiple Sclerosis

by Kristy Hoornick |   Date Released : 28 Feb 2008
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Kristy Hoornick

About the author: Kristy Hoornick

Kristy has been active in the fitness industry for over 12 years. Currently, she is the Fitness and Wellness Director at Hutton House, working with adults and youths with disabilities, assisting to develop fitness programs and community workshops. Her goal is to be able to provide information with regards to exercise and disabilities to the community. Kristy is a certified Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, Mind Body Specialist, Pre and Post Natal Pro Trainer, Nutrition and Wellness Specialist through Can Fit Pro, and is a certified Fitness Therapist. She has a diploma in Fitness and Wellness and has taken certifications through NESTA, Packard School of Nutrition, ISSA, AAHFRP, Satyarum Yoga, Paul Jerard (Restorative and Kids Yoga Diploma), Stott Pilates Matt and Reformer, East to West Yoga and Pilates, Body Harmonics and more. Kristy has created nine accredited workshops offered through Can Fit Pro and is working on a Pre and Post Natal DVD and an at home video for people to train with if they have a disability. Kristy is an Instructor Trainer for East to West Pilates, Canadian Master Trainer for Yo Wei, yoga and weighted balls, Family Passages Ontario Facilitator offering Pre and Post Natal Courses including Yoga for Fertility and Postpartum Moms, Can Fit Pro Pre and Post Natal Instructor Trainer, and Gait and Posture Analysis Instructor Trainer.

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Avon, Antoinette | 26 Feb 2013, 03:45 AM

I have just signed on with a client who has MS. Her condition has progressed to the point where she is in a wheelchair and has lost use of her legs. She suffers from muscle spasms in her legs. We will do mainly upper body workouts so she can remain in her chair. We will also do core exercises. She does have some workers in her home that help her stretch everyday. Any suggestions or ideas anyone has would be most appreciated.

Rolnick, Nicholas | 06 Mar 2012, 01:37 AM

Good article, but it seems like you are saying to avoid challenging their balance and stability because they could be potential fall risks. Wouldn't challenging their balance in a controlled setting actually favor their proprioceptive development and help to stabilize them in their home environment? My initial thought with an MS client would be to start initiating balance activities slowly for example single leg balance-->SL balance on airex etc etc. What are your thoughts?

Duboisse, Franck | 14 Nov 2009, 19:59 PM

if you want to check a list of the most recent medical studies done on this subject, look here :

* Ruth McCullag, Anthony P. Fitzgerald, Raymond P. Murphy. Grace Cooke - Long terms benefits on exersizing on quality of live and fatigue in multiple sclerosis patients with mild disability : a pilot study - Clin Rehabil 2008; 22 ; 206
* MA Newman, H Dawes, M van den Berg, BT Wade, J Burridge and H Izady - Can aerobic training treadmill reduce the effort of walking and fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis : a pilot study - Mult Scler 2007;13;113
* U Dalgas, E Stenager, T Ingemann-Hansen - Multiple sclerosis and physical exercise : recommandation for the application of resistance, endurance, and combined training - Mult Scler OnlineFirst Sept 19, 2007
* Dodd KJ, Taylor NF, Denisenko S, Prasad D. A qualitative analysis of a progressive resistance exercise programme for people with multiple sclerosis. Disabil Rehabil. 2006, 28:1127-34.
* Taylor NF, Dodd KJ, Prasad D, Denisenko S. Progressive resistance exercise for people with multiple sclerosis. Disabil Rehabil. 2006, 28:1119-26.
* Van den Berg M, Dawes H, Wade DT, Newman M, Burridge J, Izadi H, Sackley CM. Treadmill training for individuals with multiple sclerosis: a pilot randomised trial. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2006, 77:531-3.
* Heesen C, Romberg A, Gold S, Schulz KH. Physical exercise in multiple sclerosis: supportive care or a putativedisease-modifying treatment. Expert Rev Neurother. 2006, 6:347-55.
* Romberg A, Virtanen A, Ruutiainen J. Long-term exercise improves functional impairment but not quality of life in multiple sclerosis. J Neurol. 2005, 252:839-45.
* Kileff J, Ashburn A. A pilot study of the effect of aerobic. Clin Rehabil. 2005, 19:165-9.
* Rietberg MB, Brooks D, Uitdehaag BM, Kwakkel G. Exercise therapy for multiple sclerosis. Cochrane Database Syst Rev.b 2005, (1):CD003980.
* Romberg A, Virtanen A, Ruutiainen J, Aunola S, Karppi SL, Vaara M, Surakka J, Pohjolainen T, Seppanen A. Effects of a 6-month exercise. Neurology. 2004, 63:2034-8.
* Surakka J, Romberg A, Ruutiainen J, Aunola S, Virtanen A, Karppi SL, Maentaka K. Effects of aerobic and strength exercise on motor fatigue in men and women with multiple sclerosis: a randomized controlled trial. Clin Rehabil. 2004, 18:737-46.

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