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Old 10-05-2006, 12:46 PM   #4
John Brockington
Dojo: Retsushinkan/Birmingham, AL
Location: Birmingham, AL
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 65
Re: Multiple Sclerosis

I have not trained anyone w/ MS, but I treat them as a neurologist, and the primary obstacles I see in any physical activity for MS patients is their transient increase in symptoms when body temperature rises and also a substantial level of constant fatigue. A hard fall should not cause an exacerbation of disease, but you do have to take into consideration their neuro status, ie, do they have impaired vision due to optic neuritis, impaired coordination/strength/response time due to prior exacerbations, urinary incontinence, hypersensitivty (dysethesias/allodynia) to even light touch stimuli, or even cognitive slowing. These possible situations could result in a major problem on the mat. Let me know if there is a specific situation you are concerned about.

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