Latest In Multiple Sclerosis: Resistance Training

Multiple sclerosis or MS is a crippling and debilitating chronic disease feared by mostly women from 15 to 60 years old. The medical condition is an autoimmune disease. This means that the cause is unknown. Hence, the only valid explanation that medical doctors can give is that the immune system of the person is attacking the protective sheath of the nerve fibers. This then leads to communication problems between the brain and the rest of the body. In the long run, the disease can result in brain atrophy and slowly paralyzes the person.

I’ve been trying to walk a mile every day.  This is not a big deal for many of you, but it’s just the right amount of challenge for me right now. — Katie Willard Virant MSW, JD, LCSW

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The good news today is that with resistance training, scientists believe that the nerves can regenerate or learn to grow back again. This nerve fibers regeneration can help prevent the brain from shrinking too fast. Resistance training is also known as strength training or weight training. It builds muscles, burns calories, and can do bone strengthening. There are many forms of resistance training. Make sure to consult your doctor first before trying to engage in one.


Effects of MS

MS can do great things to the person – in negative and very uncomfortable ways that are. Not to mention the emotional and psychological torment that the person undergoes as the disease progresses to a downward spiral.

For people who are medically ill, keeping an optimistic outlook can be tough. — Tamara McClintock Greenberg Psy.D.

MS is hard to diagnose because the presenting signs and symptoms can be attributed to many medical conditions. Manifestations include vision problems, unexplained pain, numbness or tingling sensations, heat intolerance, and balance issues among others.

With the difficulty to identify what you are feeling, the emotional struggle is a torment. Some patients can get a diagnosis for years and the feelings of depression and frustration can take a toll on the person’s psyche. Some people will look for answers on the internet, seek support from online therapists with regards to their emotional and mental discomforts. It is in fact of great help while they are waiting for the correct diagnosis and treatment.

Treatment for MS

There is no treatment for MS. Medications are prescribed to target the symptoms and prevent relapse. Physical therapy is geared towards the strengthening of weak muscles and extremities, especially those who have gait problems.


Alternative medicine has benefits also such as doing yoga, magnetic therapy, herbal supplementations like Biloba and bee venom. Recently, the use of cannabis extract for muscle spasticity and intractable pain were reported. Although, because of its controversial uses, more research is needed to support the claim. Doctors are not recommending this type of treatment unless scientific evidence is in place.

Treating each day as an experiment also transforms your daily narrative. — Deborah Barrett Ph.D., LCSW