At Kula, we talk a lot about the healing power of yoga, both mentally and physically. There is a plethora of studies that show how different people can benefit from practicing yoga; and most recently, studies have shown that it has a positive effect on patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).
MS is a disease in which the immune system eats away at an individual’s nerve fibers in the central nervous system. As a result, those who have been diagnosed experience a wide array of symptoms, from fatigue and muscle weakness to difficulty with speech and vision. There is not yet a cure for MS, but there are a number of ways that patients can manage pain and other symptoms.
Recently, studies have shown that yoga is one of those treatment options. Take Paula Meltzer, for example, who was diagnosed with MS at the young age of 38-years-old. Paula’s MS kept her wheelchair-bound after her diagnosis, but after participating in a yoga program at the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions in 2014, she is able to walk on her own. She and the other 13 women who participated in the trial program, reported that it “not only improved their physical and mental well-being but also enhanced their overall quality of life.”
Another story of the positive effects of yoga on MS is Homa Fani, who was diagnosed with MS over 20 years ago. She says that her daily practice of Iyengar yoga not only helps with her physical symptoms, but also is beneficial mentally and emotionally.
These are just two of many examples of MS patients who have used yoga to manage their symptoms. Do you know of someone who has used yoga to alleviate their pain? We’d love to share their story. Reach out to us on Facebook and Twitter, or send us an email with your comments.