Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the nerve cells. This disease causes severe inflammation in the nerve cell insulation covers. Once the insulation covers are inflamed, various functions of the nervous system are disrupted. Even your ability to communicate is disrupted. There are many other signs and symptoms of this disease.
Multiple sclerosis even affects the nerve cells in the spinal cord. Due to this some people are not even able to walk. One of the most common symptoms of this disease is that they develop psychiatric issues. Even though there is no definite cure for MS, there are reports that point out that symptoms can be relieved by an alternative therapy method.
There was a study conducted by the Institute for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. They believe that yoga can help relieve multiple sclerosis symptoms. Even though there are reports of patients experiencing improvements in their condition, there are no concrete studies to highlight its benefits as an MS treatment option.
This study group was headed by Susan Gould Fogerite, who is the director or research. The study that she conducted was actually a pilot. This study involved MS patients participating in a specialized program for yoga. Since this program utilizes the mind, body and soul, it is thought to provide relief against the various symptoms of MS.
The pilot study continued for eight weeks and the results were quite surprising. Most of the MS patients had trouble walking before the study started. But towards the end of the 8 week period, they were able to walk in a better manner. Of course, they were not able to walk perfectly, but there was substantial improvement. Many people were even able to balance themselves and would easily sit and stand on their own. This suggests that yoga can in fact help relieve multiple sclerosis symptoms.
Many people had a poor life quality. They lacked bladder control due to the nerve damage, had poor mental health and even suffered from pain. The specialized yoga program, helped improve the quality of life of MS patients.
There are many benefits of yoga, not only to MS patients but everyone. If you perform yoga, not only will you be able to relieve MS symptoms, you will also be able to improve your quality of life. In fact, yoga is one of the best exercises one can perform.