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Jul 23 '14

hmnels:

Part I of Yoga for MS

*Reminder that I am not a doctor, always listen to yourself and your body’s needs first! 

Here are just a few examples of poses and movements one can try to help improve their sense of balance, balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain, strengthen muscles, and even aid in digestion. 

Photos 1-3: Crawling! (This exercise is best done on a thick carpet or yoga mat).

  • Crawling is surprisingly one of the best exercises one can do to help strengthen back muscles, increase blood circulation, and oxygenate the brain. 
  • Begin on your hands and knees. Bring both the right hand and left knee forward, repeat this on the other side with your left hand and right knee.
  • Take small steps, and always, always listen to your body! If this feels uncomfortable in any way feel free to take a break. Individuals with MS particularly need to watch out for overtiring the muscles, so take it slow and go with the flow :) Do this for as long as you feel comfortable. You can also try and work up to doing this for ten, or even twenty minutes each day.

Photos 4 & 5- Cat/Cow

  • Instead of the typical movement of Cow, (inhale, lifting the sitting bones and heart towards the ceiling, belly sinks towards the floor), this “tabletop” pose will be our Cow for this practice.
  • Inhale, and begin on your hands and knees in a “tabletop” position. Make sure your knees are set directly below your hips, your wrists directly below your shoulders, and your elbows and shoulders are in line. Center your head and neck in a neutral position, eyes gazed towards the floor.
  • From this “tabletop” position, exhale, rounding your spine toward the ceiling, making sure to keep your shoulders and knees steady and still. Release your head toward the floor, but make sure you do not force your chin to your chest. Inhale, coming back to neutral “tabletop” position on your hands and knees. Essentially, every inhale you will be in “tabletop”, every exhale you will be in Cat.
  • Try completing this gentle flowing movement 10-20 times.

Photos 6-9: Opposite Arm & Leg Lift

  • Begin in “tabletop” once again, making sure your knees are directly below your hips and your hands are directly below your shoulders. Slowly lift your right arm up, and if you feel comfortable, slowly float your left leg up and back. You can even try grasping your toes, ankle, shin, or calf with your hand (as pictured above). Try and hold for five seconds, then gently release and repeat on the other side. Try and complete 10 reps (once on each side = 1 rep).

Remember to always listen to your body! If anything hurts, back off a bit and relax. A big thank you to Yogajournal for some of the information featured above. Of course, individuals not living with MS can incorporate these movements into their practice. Crawling and Cat/Cow are both wonderful movements for individuals with arthritis and back problems.

Take care of yourself xx 

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Anonymous asked:

What is one supposed to say if someone tells them that they have a chronic illness? Usually I'd go with something like "Oh, I'm sorry" and just leaving it at that, but that sounds sort of patronising (? could be the wrong word), somehow. What do you like to hear?

bittergrapes:

Yeah, saying “I’m sorry” does sound pretty patronizing and offensive, and might make the sufferer feel uncomfortable. Most chronically ill people I know would take that to sound hollow and pitying and wouldn’t feel comforted by someone saying that they are sorry they are sick: saying “I’m sorry” should be reserved for if the ill person says they are actively not feeling well, which, if you socialize with them regularly, will happen. False platitudes should always be avoided.

Here are some other phrases and things that should also be avoided in conversation about chronic illness:

  • "This must be so hard for your family."
  • "Oh, I know someone else with that …"
  • "Isn’t that caused by [x thing]?"
  • "I just read about that!"
  • Dispensing medical advice about it or referring to them to a physician if they don’t specifically request that sort of help
  • "Are you sure it’s not [x condition]?"
  • "I’ll pray for you."
  • "You’ll be in my thoughts."
  • "Oh god, that’s horrible!"
  • "That’s not that bad, I knew [x person] who had this condition and [etc etc]"
  • "At least you don’t have [x condition.]"
  • "Be grateful for what you have."
  • "You’re so brave for dealing with that."

Honestly, I actually prefer it when someone says, “Oh, okay.” It normalizes it and acknowledges it, but doesn’t make it seem scary, absurd, or weird, just as if I had disclosed any other information about myself. I don’t mind answering questions about it, but it really drives me up the wall when people apologize about it or offer me feigned sympathy. If I tell them I’m having a rough day because of my chronic illness, by all means show support! But just saying that I have a chronic illness, the best, clearest, and kindest response is to just acknowledge it and move on.

Other statements that are perfectly acceptable and helpful for someone with a chronic illness to hear include:

  • "That must be difficult for you."
  • "I will admit I don’t know much about that condition; would you mind filling me in?"
  • "Oh, I have heard of that. It’s like [explains condition], right?"
  • "I appreciate you trusting me with that information, I know it must be difficult for you to talk about."
  • "If there’s anything I can do to help you out or make things easier, please let me know."
  • "I apologize if I’ve done anything that has made it more difficult to deal with your condition; I didn’t know what you were dealing with, and I should have been more considerate."
  • "Thank you for letting me know."

It’s okay to be honest and just say you don’t know what to say. It’s better to just say “Wow, I had no idea” or “Oh, okay” than to offer up an empty apology that really doesn’t provide them with any comfort or sympathy, and does nothing to improve their situation.

I really disagree with some parts of this post. if someone just said “oh ok” to me after I told them I had MS I would be super pissed, I much rather someone say they will pray for me or keep me in their thoughts. I WOULD like someone to tell me I am brave for facing this disease without falling apart in the mental hosptial! If a coworker or friend DOES know someone else with MS and they tell me, I actually feel comforted because it makes me feel like less of a freak. I would hate for someone to just say “Thank you for letting me know”. Like really? that sounds so careless and formal.

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