Is MS disease modifying medication your go-to tool when it comes to your MS?

In this post I have a request – include both MS medication and exercise in the disease modifying treatment of MS. How much do you prioritize MS medication? How much do you prioritize exercise?

What’s the reason for the request?

I am probably not alone in thinking there is a “day” for this and a “day” for that. Pancake day is one of my personal favorites! But let that one be.

Today I want to talk about a different day. Today is “World PT day”.

The phenomenon ”World PT day” started in 1996. World Physiotherapy, the organization behind the day, was founded in 1951. It is a non-profit organization, which works as an international voice of physiotherapy.

This year the focus is on Long Covid and physiotherapy. The day is an opportunity for physios worldwide to create awareness of the contributions of the profession in helping people with independence and mobility issues.

Physios were challenged by Covid-19 along with numerous other professions. We had to quickly learn and adapt to telehealth and the use of PPE.

Luckily it turned out that telehealth had many advantages – but it did also have some disadvantages. This was also the case when it came to MS. If you suffer from fatigue, you may benefit from online exercise at home in your living room. On the other hand, if you require more manual physiotherapy you may not think highly of telehealth.

The holistic approach

In the bubble surrounding MS, you will find a strong focus on medication. This is with good and understandable reason. It is important!

Regardless, I would like to support a more holistic approach to MS. An approach that physiotherapy could be a part of. As a physio, I have occasionally met people with MS who had the experience “we can’t do anything more for you” from their medical team. This is hopefully a nearly distinct way of looking at MS. There are many professions that can contribute to your MS care and equally many symptoms and challenges can be improved with the right care. (Needless to say, you can’t put everything down to MS – but that is a different story altogether.)

In order to illustrate how important a role exercise can play in the disease modifying treatment of MS – I would like to quote a powerful tweet from Professor Giovannoni @GavinGiovannoni

“Exercise is the most under-prescribed and under-utilised MS disease-modifying therapy we have at our disposal”.

Let´s try and change that! We can’t allow exercise to be under-prescribed and under-utilised when it could be a part of the disease modifying therapy instead. Hence my request to include exercise and MS as treatment to an even greater extend than we do now.

Let’s prioritize exercise as one of your personal tools. It is never too early to start!

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P.S. Alright, alright, alright….. include exercise and MS drugs as treatment of MS! If you think it sounds great on paper – but need a few tips on the exercise part – please look here.

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