According to the Multiple Sclerosis Society Canada, there is an estimated one in every 340 Canadians living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), making Canada have one of the highest rates of the disease in the world.
What is Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?
MS is an autoimmune disease of the brain and spinal cord that causes inflammation and damages the protective covering of the nerves. If the damage is substantial, messages coming from the brain can go from minor interruptions to complete disruptions and cause symptoms such as extreme fatigue, weakness, tingling and lack of coordination, impaired sensation, bladder problems, vision impairments, mood changes and cognitive impairments.
Is there a cure for Multiple Sclerosis?
Currently, there is no cure, but empirical evidence and scientific data indicate that both nutrition and exercise can have a very positive impact on the management of the disease. The Cummings Centre’s Adapted Exercise Clinic offers those living with MS a structured fitness program that combines cardiovascular training, muscular and flexibility training, all while engaging the mind through a process of rewiring the brain.
A touching testimonial
“The Cummings Centre has come into my life due to my MS issues,” notes Marie Flanders a participant in the adapted exercise program. “I was at a low point in my life, not fitting in anywhere, where no one really understands what it is like to have a handicap. The MS adapted class I participate in at Cummings I believe has kept me stronger. What has been lost due to my various flare-ups have not really disappeared but since I joined I have not gotten worse so I will never stop showing up for fear that my condition could get worse. I also find the Cummings Centre is like a family, the staff and members young and older look after each other. I believe it has given me a reason and place to go so as not to be isolated.”
For more information regarding these classes, please call Maria Fragapane at 514-734-1797.