A yoga programme designed for patients with MS has shown signs of improving walking ability, balance, fatigue and overall health, as well as possibly reducing neurological inflammation. It has long been recognised that physical activity is important in prolonging health and quality if life in patients with MS. Lead study author Evan T. Cohen explains:
"Neurologists should be recommending exercise to their MS patients, and if a patient chooses yoga, that's a viable option, depending on that person's needs."
They are not saying that yoga is better than any other form of exercise necessarily, but the study was exploratory and identifies useful areas in need of further investigation. The yoga classes involved elements of breathing, meditation, yoga philosophy, relaxation, and yoga postures which could be amended in order to meet the requirements of the person. The classes are subjective and may not suit all degrees of MS, but the theory is very interesting and food for thought for future studies around the area of physical activity.
Medscape, (2014). MS patients may benefit from yoga. Retrieved 3rd June, 2014, from http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/826013?nlid=58383_2743&src=wnl_edit_dail&uac=208518SR