Resistance training can benefit those with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.
Researchers found that engaging in resistance training twice per week for 6 months was associated with reduced brain atrophy – that is, the loss of brain tissue – in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), the most common form of multiple sclerosis (MS).
For some patients, resistance training was even associated with an increase in the volume of certain brain regions.
Study co-author Prof. Ulrik Dalgas, of the Department of Public Health at Aarhus University in Denmark, and colleagues say that their study is the first to suggest that physical activity can protect the nervous system against MS, rather than simply help to alleviate symptoms of the disease.
The researchers recently reported their findings in Multiple Sclerosis Journal.
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