March 2018: Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month
Have you been following our #WednesdayWellness posts this month? March has been named Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, and we are learning the benefits of aquatics for patients with Multiple Sclerosis. Learn more now with our Aquatic Health Benefits Bulletin that focuses on the topic.
Spotlight on Aquatics & Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the most frequent disabling neurological disease in young and middle-aged North American adults. Women are diagnosed more than men, by about 2 to 1, and the incidence of new MS cases appears to be increasing, although this may be due in part to easier and more precise diagnosis. Multiple sclerosis comes in many forms. The relapsing-remitting form is the most common, while the progressive form is more likely to occur in childhood and middle age.
MS is an inflammatory disease. It is characterized by a disruption to the outer coating (the “sheath”) of the nerve fibers in the central nervous system. With MS, nerve impulses are forced to travel down the nerve fiber itself, but this method of transportation is much slower than when it is possible to travel on the superhighway (the sheath itself). Multiple sclerosis produces many unusual symptoms, none of them pleasant. Some individuals show weakness, sensory loss and/or incoordination; others complain of pain, strange sensations, and involuntary movements.
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