Why Physical Activity Is Important When You Have SMA

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by Wendy Henderson |

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According to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, people living with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) should try to engage in as many physical activities as they can without overexerting themselves.

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Physical activity will not only help keep them as fit and healthy as possible but also helps with psychological health and emotional wellbeing.

Exercises or physiotherapy can help ease muscle stiffness, improve circulation and preserve joint flexibility. This is particularly useful for children who want to explore the world around them.

Working out in a warm swimming pool can help people living with SMA exercise their joints and muscles without placing any extra strain on them.

Doctors advise that people with SMA do as much as they can, but be careful not to overdo any kind of physical activity as becoming too tired is counterproductive.

There are a variety of products that can help people with SMA participate in physical activities. Walkers, standers, braces and powered wheelchairs can help them get around depending on the severity of their condition.

Physical therapy programs can help those with the disease learn useful ways to maximize their muscle function and accomplish as much as possible. Working with occupational therapists will help put plans and policies in place that will help with physical activity in the home or at school, and technology is constantly advancing to provide useful products to aid people with SMA to continue with their favorite hobbies as their muscle function declines.

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