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MS Connection Features BalanceWear page 11/12 Enjoy!

Posted on June 24, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/CAN/Stay-Informed/MS-Connection-Newsletter

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Falls In MS Can Be From Pushing Too Hard

Posted on June 9, 2015. Filed under: Achievements, Balance, Balance-Based Torso-Weighting, Multiple Sclerosis Treatment, Neuroplasticity |

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Boyd-I’m wearing BalanceWear® daily and still find it effective. Actually, what I should say is that I find it MORE effective: it’s nearly 3 months now, and some days I forget to put it on for a while and yet still notice the improvements. The brain plasticity kicking in, I guess.

Cindy- When you are able to do a task without the vest over time your brain has made a new connection. Neurons that fire together wire together. This is neuroplasticity.

Boyd- I’ve had a couple of falls, but no broken bones. They’ve come at the end of long walks, so I put it down to leg fatigue more than anything else. The falls have come after pushing it a bit too far (3 miles again) and then losing it on a sloping path. I’ve since reduced the walks to less than 2 miles (3 k) and will gradually increase.

Cindy- Boyd this is great. Learning what you do and how it affects your body is an important lesson. People with MS need to know when they are starting to get fatigued and listen to the body. I am sorry you had a few falls but glad you didn’t get hurt. By cutting back a bit and allowing your body to gain endurance before taking on longer walks will help in the long run.

Boyd- I got myself a couple of walking poles and have learned that the technique of Nordic Walking is a very particular method. To learn it, I have been going to a neuro Physio at a rehab center who specializes in MS and also in Nordic Walking. Only had a couple of sessions so far, I am already feeling the benefits.
Hiking poles can be difficult to master however after one does and uses reciprocal arms and legs movements are the closest to our regular walking pattern.

Cindy- Glad to hear you are working with a therapist as they can guide your best ability. BalanceWear gives many people like yourself a new starting point.

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