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Seated Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis

How can yoga help people with Multiple Sclerosis? Yoga is a powerful, yet gentle form of exercise.  There are many reasons someone with multiple sclerosis might want to try it. In a recent clinical trial, it was determined that yoga decreased fatigue in MS patients. In addition, yoga is beneficial because it increases strength, coordination, and balance and also helps to reduce anxiety and promote a more peaceful lifestyle.
Yoga is very adaptable and can be done no matter where you are as well as it can be modified to be done in a seated position.  Yoga can be as simple as doing a breathing exercise while waiting at the doctor’s office.  The peaceful benefit can help you stay calm in stressful situations such as waiting in line or laying still in an MRI machine. The goals of yoga are very simple.  They include improved breathing, posture, balance and better alignment of the body. Yoga can even help with the everyday tasks of life like standing, waking, sitting, and even going to the bathroom.
Another benefit of yoga for MS is that it can provide a reduction in overall pain and soreness. Because yoga requires focusing on deep breathing, it produces pain reducing effects of body relaxation and stress reduction.
If you are interested in starting a yoga exercise program, make sure you find a qualified instructor who is familiar with MS and is adept at modifying the exercises to accommodate your specific needs.
Shelly Essex is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant at Therapy Achievements as well as a 220-hour Certified Yoga Instructor.  Shelly’s teaching style blends her extensive training in anatomy and physiology with her training in yoga.  She believes that in order to live your best life and reduce your risk of injury, you need to incorporate balance, strength and flexibility.  She is passionate about safety and ensuring that yoga postures are taught with alignment as the #1 focus.   Call and set up an appointment with Shelly today.
Therapy Achievements is dedicated to helping people with physical, cognitive and visual limits re-gain function and reach their potential. We provide programs for Nuero RehabOrtho RehabDriving Rehab and Lymphedema. By providing out-patient physical, occupational and speech therapy services, we help people maximize their independence and reach their potential.

How does seated yoga help Multiple Sclerosis? Yoga is a wonderful, but gentle form of exercise.  And there are many reasons for someone with multiple sclerosis to try it.

The main reason seated yoga is so beneficial for people with multiple sclerosis is because it increases strength, improves coordination, and increase balance.  It even promotes a calmer lifestyle. Yoga is very adaptive and many of the exercises can be done no matter where you are. It can be as simple as doing a breathing exercise while waiting at the doctor’s office! The peaceful benefit can help you stay calm in stressful situations such as waiting in line or even laying still in an MRI machine. The goals of yoga are very simple.  They include improved breathing, posture, balance and better alignment of the body. Yoga helps with the everyday tasks of life like standing, waking, sitting, and even going to the bathroom.

Another benefit of seated yoga for multiple sclerosis is that it can provide an improvement in overall pain and soreness. Because seated yoga requires focus with deep breathing, it produces pain reducing effects of body relaxation and stress reduction.

If you are interested in starting a seated yoga exercise program, make sure you find a qualified instructor who is familiar with multiple sclerosis and is adept at modifying the exercises to accommodate your specific needs. Shelly Essex is a certified occupational therapy assistant at Therapy Achievements and is a certified yoga instructor as well.  She has a good understanding of multiple sclerosis and how yoga can be an especially effective exercise for people with MS.  Call and set up an appointment with Shelly today!

Therapy Achievements is dedicated to helping people with physical, cognitive and visual limits re-gain function and reach their potential. We provide programs for Nuero Rehab, Ortho Rehab, Driving Rehab and Lymphedema. By providing out-patient physical, occupational and speech therapy services, we help people maximize their independence and reach their potential.

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