Healthy Living

YMCA Begins Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program

Stretches

Similar to yoga, stretches can be great for MS patients. They aren't cardio intensive, can be done anywhere, and are often low impact. Stretches also have similar health benefits including better balance, flexibility, and looser joints. There are stretches for almost any major part of your body, and it is best if you do as many of them as you can. The key to stretching is to go slow and really feel the pull of the muscles and ligaments. However, you should take care not to push any farther than is comfortable, as this could lead to injuries. For a fully illustrated stretching guide for MS patients, read this manual from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.