Exercise can be a real challenge for some people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Common symptoms such as weakness, numbness, and balance issues can make physical activity difficult, and maybe even a little intimidating. But exercise is just as important for people with MS as it is for everyone else. A good exercise routine can even ease symptoms.
Many people with MS find that water therapy is the easiest and most rewarding way to stay physically active. The buoyancy of water helps to support weak limbs, making them feel lighter. Water also provides resistance, which helps to strengthen muscles. People with MS may find it easier to stand in the water than on dry land, and there’s also a lower risk of injury due to a fall.
Health benefits of swimming
People with MS may find they have an increased range of motion in the water. There’s a lot less weight on your joints when your body is submerged. Swimming also can improve endurance, flexibility, strength and balance.