- Deconditioning: This weakness occurs simply from sitting about and not engaging in enough regular activities. Your body starts to get weaker due to lack of use. This type of weakness can be greatly improved by engaging in resistance exercises with weights, if possible.
- Nerve fiber demyelination: The muscles are ok in this sort of weakness, but the nerves that send signals are not working right. It is still important to keep muscles toned with weight lifting, but this will not increase your muscle strength because the nerves that give signals to the nerves are malfunctioning. Fortunately, you can boost the strength of the surrounding muscles that are used often, to somewhat compensate for the weaker muscles.
Managing weakness with MS is a balancing act that needs to be dealt with effectively so you can maintain strength and mobility. A good physical therapist can work with you to figure out what type of exercise program can improve your strength and mobility. Some of these include:
- Aerobic program that is designed for your ability level, and can lead to more strength and eventually improve your ability to move about.
- Weight training can boost strength of muscles that are weak due to non use.
- Range of motion exercises by your PT can keep muscles toned and flexible, even if they are not receiving proper signals.
Good mobility aids, including crutches, walkers and canes, can help you to somewhat compensate for your weakness and lack of mobility. By continuing to get exercise and therapy as much as possible, you should be able to slowly increase your strength so that you can be more mobile.
The Juvo Travel Cane Seat helps you to get about easier, and to take a rest when you need it: