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Fitness Classes for MS
Research shows that a well-designed exercise program provides significant health benefits for people with MS. The Ohio State Multiple Sclerosis Center offers a variety of in-person fitness and wellness classes. All of our exercise classes are adapted for people with MS, including those with limited mobility.
Aquatics for Multiple Sclerosis
Sign up for our new group exercise class developed by our Ohio State Physical Therapy team. This 12 week aquatic-based exercise class is focused on total body strengthening, flexibility, and mobility. Each week, new exercises will be added to build upon previous weeks. Education regarding spasticity, fatigue management, strengthening, mobility aides, and other topics will be discussed throughout the 12 weeks. Modifications will be made for individuals of varying functional levels.
Cost: $108 for 12 week session (1x/week)
Session 1: January 9, 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6, 13, 20, 27
Session 2: April 3, 10, 17, 24
May 1, 8, 15, 22
June 5, 12, 19, 26 (no class May 29)
When: Tuesdays from 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: The Heit Center for Healthy New Albany
150 W. Main St. New Albany, OH 43054
Please contact Briana Read, PT, DPT, at (614) 366-0722 with any questions or concerns.
For safety reasons, individuals must be able to enter and exit the pool independently and have continence of bowel and bladder.
Scarlet & Gray MS Education
Promoting Cognitive Health in MS
Ruchika Prakash, PhD, psychologist, presented at the June 2017 Scarlet and Gray MS Education Day event.
Getting More Out of Your Visit with Your MS Provider
Christine Bogda, CNP, certified nurse practitioner at the Multiple Sclerosis Center, presented at the June 2017 Scarlet and Gray MS Education Day event.
MS and Assistive Technology
Theresa Berner, OTR/L, ATP, rehabilitation clinic manager for the Assistive Technology Center, and Kaitlin Finch, OTR/L, occupational therapist, presented at the June 2017 Scarlet and Gray MS Education Day event.
Video Game Rehabilitation for Multiple Sclerosis
Lynne Gauthier, PhD, rehabilitation psychologist, presented at the June 2017 Scarlet and Gray MS Education Day event.
Getting Back Bowel and Bladder Control
Stephanie McIntosh, PT, DPT, WCS, physical therapist, presented at the June 2017 Scarlet and Gray MS Education Day event.
Scarlet & Gray MS Research News
Researchers at The Ohio State Multiple Sclerosis Center are committed to finding solutions for everyone affected by MS. We are a driving force of MS research. Read the latest news about multiple sclerosis research, clinical trials and more.
Integrative Therapies and Multiple Sclerosis
People afflicted with MS commonly seek out complementary and alternative treatments in addition to their conventional therapy. Several alternative therapies are useful as adjuncts to conventional care and can offer stress reduction, mind–body connection, and physical relief from the pain and symptoms of MS.
Below are a list of integrative therapies offered by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center:
Traditional Chinese medicine believe that illness is an imbalance in the body's energy with the aim of acupuncture to restore this balance. Acupuncture involves stimulation of points throughout the body by the insertion of thin, disposable metal needles. Modern science has shown the ability of acupuncture to decrease pain, increase blood circulation, stimulate the immune system and modulate brain activity through stimulation of the circulatory and nervous systems. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, acupuncture might provide relief for certain MS related symptoms, including pain, muscle spasms, numbness/tingling and depression.
Botanical remedies may help strengthen regular treatment options for MS. For example, Ashwagandha, also known as the winter cherry, is a small shrub widely distributed throughout the drier regions of India. This herb has been considered ideal for treating MS due to the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anxiolytic, immunomodulatory, and rejuvenating properties.
Peer-reviewed medical research has shown that the benefits of massage include pain relief, reduced anxiety and depression, and temporarily reduced blood pressure and heart rate. In one small study, twenty-four adults with MS were randomly assigned to either massage therapy for 45-min massages twice a week, or standard medical treatment. The massage group was found to have less anxiety, improved mood, increased self-esteem and body image, increased ambulation, and improved physical and social functioning. They also had a more positive attitude about having MS.
Yoga and Tai Chi
Yoga involves stretching and holding your body in various poses while simultaneously controlling your breathing and quieting your mind. Yoga and the yogic breath has many advantages for those with MS since it can help the body's self-healing mechanism, stills the mind, and improves fatigue and mood. In addition, yoga poses have been shown to improve circulation, balance, relaxation, and flexibility and reduce muscle tension.
A study on nine MS patients who did 6 months of yoga or aerobic exercise showed significant improvement in fatigue, compared to controls. The gentle exercises of tai chi are ideal in improving body awareness, balance, coordination, and strength. In 2003, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in the United Kingdom issued guidelines stating that tai chi may be helpful for people with MS in terms of a general sense of well-being.
Resources and Support
At the Ohio State Multiple Sclerosis Center, we treat and research MS in the hopes of stopping disease progression, restoring function and ending MS forever.
MS is different for everyone, and that makes it all the more challenging to solve. That's why we walk.
Join us at 2018 Walk MS: Columbus to raise money for MS research. Together, we will end MS forever.
Clinical trials at Ohio State offer you access to the most current diagnosis, treatment and symptom management breakthroughs, sometimes years before they are commercially available.