Disability Training – ALS Recovery (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)

With a Proper Exercise Program, ALS Recovery Is Achievable

Being diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) can be heartbreaking. That’s because people focus on the lack of a cure in such situations.

However, in 2009, it was found that a vigorous ALS exercise routine can do wonders. That’s because it can strengthen and stabilize neuromuscular junctions.

Also, when it comes to the ALS disease, life expectancy is often a taboo subject. Still, there is hope. Combining pharmaceutical treatment with quality exercise can actually extend your lifespan.

What’s more, it can help people who suffer from the ALS disease hold on to their independence.

At the moment, we are already helping several clients with ALS recovery. And we can say that the results are more than satisfactory.


What Is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)?

ALS is a type of motor neuron disease that causes nerve cells to gradually break down and die. Doctors don’t know why ALS occurs, but a small number of cases are inherited. French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot discovered the disease in 1869.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis doesn’t have a cure. Still, it doesn’t mean people who suffer from it can’t achieve some degree of independence.

Often called Lou Gehrig’s disease (after the famous baseball player who was diagnosed with it), ALS splits into two categories:

  1. Sporadic ALS – It’s the most common form of the disease in the U.S. (accounts for 90-95% of all cases).
  2. Familial ALS – It accounts for 5-10% of all cases in the U.S. The disease is inherited, just like the name implies. There is a 50% chance each offspring will inherit the gene mutation and develop the disease.

 

What Are the Causes?ALS Recovery

  • Family history (5-10% of cases)
  • Gene mutation
  • Protein mishandling
  • Chemical imbalance
  • Disorganized immune response

 

What Are the Symptoms?

To better understand what ALS recovery is all about, it’s important to see how the disease works. Here are the common symptoms:

  • Muscle twitching
  • Weakness in an arm or a leg
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of control over the muscles needed to move, speak, eat and breathe

 


We Are Here to Offer Support for ALS Recovery

Research shows that moderate aerobic exercises can help people who suffer from ALS.

A controlled workout could:

  • Keep muscles and nerves healthy for longer
  • Improve sensory and motor functions
  • Increase the production of the protective substances in the brain and spinal cord
  • Help fight the disease by boosting energy supplies
  • Remove damaged proteins
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Decrease secondary complications
  • Reduce dependence on friends and family

 

Our certified specialists create individualized exercises for clients diagnosed with a neurological disorder. We help them regain some of their independence so they can feel in control again.

All with the help of our C.A.S.T® program (Comprehensive Activity-Based Strength Training).

 


Contact the Center for Neuro Recovery® today for more information.


References:

1. Isabel Carreras, Sinan Yuruker, Nurgul Aytan, Lokman Hossain, Ji-Kyung Choi, Bruce G. Jenkins, Neil W. Kowall, and Alpaslan Dedeoglu,; Moderate exercise delays the motor performance decline in a transgenic model of ALS. Published online 2009 Dec 5.doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2009.11.051, Brain Res. 2010 Feb 8; 1313: 192–201.

2. Ashworth NL, Satkunam LE,Deforge D. Treatment for spasticity in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/motor neuron disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev.2004; (1):CD004156.