MS usually affects your leg muscles. They’re an early symptom for almost half the people with MS. They also affect people with progressive MS. You might feel mild stiffness or strong, painful spasms. Exercise has some specific benefits: It can ease symptoms, help promote mobility, and minimize the risks of certain complications. The hip flexors program will help loosen up and relax your tight hip flexor muscles, thus, help correct or improve your postural problems.
However, it’s important that you use caution when exercising, as overdoing it may end up compromising your muscular system, increasing pain, and over stressing your body and mind.
Apart from the hip flexors program, you may also benefit from Water Exercises. People with MS tend to struggle with overheating, especially if they’re exercising outside. For that reason, exercising in a pool may be ideal, as it will help you keep cool.
In addition, you can perform Recumbent Bicycling. Traditional bicycling may pose too many challenges for a person with MS. However, modified bicycling, such as recumbent bicycling, can be very helpful. You still perform the same functions as you would on a traditional bicycle, but you don’t have to worry about balance and coordination because you’ll be pedaling on stationary exercise equipment.
When addressing MS, especially with HNPP, considering treatments that can help a person learn how to relax so that their quality of life can improve not only physically but emotionally and mentally should be an option. Having that said, mind-body approaches, such as meditation and massage, provide a variety of benefits, including a greater sense of control, improved coping skills, decreased pain intensity and distress, changes in the way pain is perceived and understood, and increased sense of well-being and relaxation.
Meditation is one of the most widely used forms of complementary therapy, particularly as a palliative for chronic illness. It is just a way of alleviating stress, hence it can be done by anyone.
Massage therapy is also considered a great therapy that when used in combination with other treatments can be beneficial in reducing nerve pain. One complication of neuropathy is the development of still muscles due to poor circulation or from lack of use. Adding weekly massage therapy sessions, one can improve blood circulation as well as help loosen stiffened muscles thus providing relief to the damaged area. Massage therapy has a way of calming the stressed nerve endings and relinquishing the pent up stress found in the nerve endings.