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Old 10-04-2006, 10:18 PM   #2
Just Jamey
Dojo: Milwaukee Shobukan
Location: Wisconsin
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 46
Re: Multiple Sclerosis

Although I don't have any experience teaching Aikido to someone with MS, I have studied MS and treating its presentations with Chinese Medicine.

I believe Aikido can be of benefit as far as helping maintain joint suppleness and as a way for someone with MS to remain active. That said, people with MS need to be careful to not over-heat, or over-exhert themselves because there is data that shows a correlation between a worsening of symptoms when this occurs. If they are in a more advanced stage of the disease and have difficulty walking, or another more severe impairment, then a high paced class might not work as well for them.

They need to be aware of where their personal limits lay. That really holds true for everyone though.
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