Physical Activity for People with Multiple Sclerosis: An Introduction to MS for Fitness and Wellness Professionals
Exercise is the one thing people with MS can do to increase their functionality. Studies show that moderate aerobic exercise improves cardiac health, stamina, and mood, and helps manage symptoms like fatigue, weakness, and bladder and bowel difficulties. Stretching exercises can relieve stiffness and improve flexibility and mobility.
Many people find it beneficial to work with a fitness instructor who is knowledge about multiple sclerosis, understands how the symptoms of MS impact movement, and can adjust an exercise routine to accommodate everyone. That is why we offer a free online training course for fitness and wellness professionals, including aquatics instructors, yoga teachers, personal trainers, and others who want to learn more about MS. It provides an overview of the disease and offers specific strategies for working with a diverse MS population.
This online course has been approved by the American Council on Exercise for 0.4 continuing education credits.
After completion you will be able to:
- describe basic facts about multiple sclerosis
- identify MS symptoms that affect movement and activity level
- consider ways to modify exercise and movement to accommodate the functional issues presented by a person with MS
- interact more comfortably with people with disabilities
- describe safety and accessibility issues important to people with MS
Register now for access to this online course. Upon registration you will receive a link to the course content.