The science world is still in search of the cause of MS. In addition, there is still no cure for it, however, with the help of many treatments the patient’s quality of life can be improved while focusing on reducing symptoms.
According to the research published in MS LifeLines, MS symptoms include cognitive issues, vision problems, depression and fatigue, pain, bowel/bladder, weakness and as well as problems with walking and balance. In addition, MS symptoms are experienced and the last differently for each patient.
Especially for people, who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis, exercising can be a tough challenge. Due to the symptoms such as weakness, numbness and as well as balance issues, the physical activity can become very difficult. However, like for everyone else, exercising with a good routine can be a significant process to ease the symptoms of the illness.
How can aqua therapy help patients with MS?
Staying active with water therapy is one of the easiest and most rewarding options for many people with MS. Patients feel their limbs lighter in the water due to its buoyancy property. In addition, water exercises can help to strengthen muscles.
Water also helps MS patients to keep their balance easily than standing on dry land while minimizing the risk of fall and injury. Benefits of aqua therapy or as well as the other water activities for individuals with MS also include improvement in endurance, flexibility and also the increased range of motion, since joints feel less weight in the water.
Another most common symptoms seen in MS patients is fatigue. The research in Cleveland Clinic shows that regular exercise can improve MS-related fatigue.
One of the studies carried out in 2012 showed that MS patients significantly benefited from a 20-week aquatic exercise program which resulted in pain reduction. In addition, participants in the study experienced improvements in symptoms like fatigue, depression, and disability. Previous studies proved that aquatic exercise can enhance the quality of individuals with MS.
Water therapy can also help non-swimmers which focuses on stretching, balancing, and muscle strengthening. A number of water activities or exercises like leg lifts, marching and use of resistance equipment can be prescribed by your physician depending on the type of a specific aqua therapy program.
At Hydroactive, aquatic therapy classes are led by licensed physical therapists who specialize in helping people with MS or other forms of disabilities.
However, you may not even need a class to get your pool exercise. You can enjoy a lot of fun just by playing in the pool with kids or grandkids.