What do you think has been the most exciting development in MS research?
Exercise has been considered beneficial for persons with MS since the late 19th century, although, throughout history, there have been differing recommendations on rest versus exercise in MS management. The benefits of exercise in improving physical health, mental function and general quality of life are indisputable for persons with MS, and it is considered to be safe. It’s exciting that we now know these benefits are likely to offer possible neuroprotection of the nervous system. As with in stroke and Parkinson’s disease there are a growing number of studies indicating the neuroprotective role exercise plays in MS. In MS, exercise can decrease neurodegeneration, and have a positive effect at stimulating neuroplasticity whereby the neural system can modify its activity for positive outcomes. Of course, in relation to symptoms exercise can improve fatigue, walking, balance, strength and overall quality of life.