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Exercises

Good reasons why physical exercise could be suitable and could be recommended for people with MS:

One will benefit most from physical exercises when they are performed in a regular and variable way and give joy while performing!

Unfortunately it is not for everybody just as easy to perform physical exercises. Please discuss with a professional health care provider what would work best for you.

Please note that the exercises we display are not special designed for your individual situation. Take a look and see which exercises would be comfortable for you to perform. Enjoy!


Exercise 1

Exercise 1Forward lunge. Stand with legs slightly apart. Step forward with one leg, bend the knee and lower your body. The lunged knee should not go in front of the toes. Then push back off the lunged leg to the starting position. Hands may be held to the sides too.


Exercise 2

Exercise 2Leg curl with the use of an ankle weight to strengthen knee flexor muscles.


Exercise 3

Exercise 3Alternate heel-toe lifts to train lower leg musculature. If hand support is reduced, the exercise becomes increasingly demanding for balance.


Exercise 4

Exercise 4Elastic resistive bands are easy to adjust and provide resistance for users at any level of strength and ability. The figure shows an example of how to improve hip extensor muscles.


Exercise 5

Exercise 5Step-ups sideways is a functional exercise for the core muscle groups of the lower limbs. Note the balance support provided by the chair.


Exercise 6

Exercise 6A gymnastic ball can be effectively used for a large variety of training purposes such as development and maintenance of balance and coordination.


Exercise 7

Exercise 7Rhythmic bouncing on the ball with simultaneous handclaps provides a good aerobic workout.


Exercise 8

Exercise 8A challenging alternative to strengthen abdominal muscles as well as to improve stability of the pelvis.


Exercise 9

Exercise 9Biceps curl with a resistive band. The wrist should be kept straight and rigid.


Exercise 10

Exercise 10A comprehensive exercise for the entire arm with a resistive band.


Exercise 11

Exercise 11An exercise which develops balance, co-ordination and strength all at the same time. Back should be straight with face looking down at the floor while the opposite arm and leg are lifted into a horizontal position.


Exercise 12

Exercise 12One of the various ways to strengthen abdominals. Hands may also alternately be kept behind the neck.


Exercise 13

Exercise 13Stretching of the knee flexor muscles. Keep the back straight and bend the entire trunk forward. Don’t forget to breathe!


Exercise 14

Exercise 14Stretching of the back muscles. The position also relieves lower limb spasticity.


Exercise 15

Exercise 15Stretching of the inner thighs.


Exercise 16

Exercise 16Stretching of the knee extensor muscles.


Exercise 17

Exercise 17Stretching of the calf muscles. By placing a board under the ball of the feet the stretch is made more effective.


Exercise 18

Exercise 18

Nordic walking is ideal for people with MS. When walking, the poles always move diagonally behind the body.

The correct pole length (= walker’s height multiplied by 0.68) is critical to being able to use the right walking technique.