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Keep Your Balance with Multiple Sclerosis

By Daryl H. Bryant (447 words)
Posted in Living with MS on June 3, 2014

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Keep Your Balance with Multiple Sclerosis

Problems with balance and walking are common symptoms of MS, and these issues arise from stiffness and numbness in the muscles of the legs, feet, and ankles. However, there are many stretching techniques you can implement to help improve your balance. Here are some tricks you can start doing around your home to help keep you upright and confident without overexerting yourself.

Rearrange furniture and devices
One of the easiest ways you can maintain your balance and move comfortably is to rearrange your home to suit your needs. Move furniture so it is in convenient locations, tape down loose wires so you don’t trip, and move all utensils and appliances to easy-to-reach places. Trying to reach for something high above you can throw off your balance, so make sure commonly used kitchen and office supplies are kept in low drawers and cabinets.

Use walkers and canes
As your MS progresses, muscles weaken, making movement and balance increasingly difficult. Using walkers and canes is a way to provide support for weak muscles and to help you maintain your balance as you indulge in your daily tasks. To keep your body strong, make sure to alternate the sides you hold the cane with. This will help you maintain equal strength throughout your body, further helping you keep your balance.

Stretch regularly
A good stretching regimen can help increase your flexibility and mobility. First, stand on your tiptoes for 10 seconds to stretch the calf, relax for 30 seconds, and then repeat. Second, sit down and stretch your legs up and out in front of you. Point your toes downward to stretch the ankle for 10 seconds, relax again for 30 seconds, and then repeat. These muscles are responsible for lifting the toes and feet up when you’re walking, and regular stretching of these areas will help you keep your balance.

Intermittent Exercise
Intermittent exercise techniques are geared toward improving your mobility, coordination and balance. You can use these techniques with your existing exercise program. Simply do your favorite exercise reps for 30 seconds, rest for 60 seconds, and then repeat. This rest is key to helping you stay energized, and it will help you avoid symptom outbreaks later.  You can up the reps as your body adapts to your new routine and your muscles strengthen. As you increase your stretch and exercise routine, you will begin to see an improvement in your balance as your muscles continue to grow stronger.

There are many other exercises you can do to help keep your balance. As you continue this routine and combine it with your existing workout regimen, you will find your balance improving and staying in your chair all day will no longer be necessary. 

Comments (1)

Terrica Wisner posted on: August 2, 2023

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when I was 52 years old 4 years ago. The Bafiertam did very little to help me. The medical team did even less. My decline was rapid and devastating. It was muscle weakness at first, then my hands and tremors. Last year, a family friend told us about Natural Herbs Centre and their successful MS Ayurveda TREATMENT, we visited their website naturalherbscentre. com and ordered their Multiple Sclerosis Ayurveda protocol, i am happy to report the treatment effectively treated and reversed my Multiple Sclerosis, most of my symptoms stopped, I’m able to walk and my writing is becoming great, sleep well and exercise regularly. I’m  active now, I can personally vouch for  these remedy but you would probably need to decide what works best for you??.

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