Yoga, or any sort of low-impact exercise, is said to help people who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis.
Many HMOs, for example Kaiser Permanente in California, offer yoga sessions specifically for people with MS. There are pain issues and cramping that people with MS could experience that may make it hard for them in a regular yoga class. However, true yoga instructors will never force people into pretzel positions that would be painful or too difficult.
The point with yoga and MS is to relax the body, and avoid stress.
Breathing techniques help people focus, and there’s no competition or stress involved. Instructors will emphasize good posture and balance, and educate people about muscles and how to strengthen and stretch them without pain.
Releasing tension with these exercises could make people ultimately feel more energized.
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Many studies prove the impact of yoga specifically on MS.
Just six months of yoga significantly reduces fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis, but it has no effect on alertness and cognitive function, claimed study by the Oregon Health & Science University.
In the journal Neurology, and study found that yoga is as good as a traditional aerobic exercise program in improving measures of fatigue, a common and potentially disabling symptom of MS. It was the first randomized, controlled trial of yoga in people with MS.
A parallel study presented by the American Academy of Neurology, found that cognitive function does not improve among healthy seniors in a six-month yoga program or exercise class, but physical health and quality of life appear to be enhanced.
Ultimately, it cannot hurt.