Developed in collaboration with Julie Talkington, PT, MPT, ATP (Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy)
Who's it for: Everyone who’s looking for a light to moderate exercise program. Especially designed and recommended for those suffering from ALS or other neurodegenerative concerns. (Always consult with your healthcare practitioner before starting any exercise program.)
Benefits: Moderate intensity exercise in unaffected muscles has been shown to be beneficial and not harmful to people suffering from ALS*. See bullet points below for additional benefits. This Exercise Program for ALS was designed and written in collaboration with a Board Certified Neurologic Physical Therapist.
Suggested Use: This Exercise Program is designed as a step-by-step exercise guide for those suffering from ALS or other similar neurodegenerative diseases. The Program is organized into 3 main stages of ALS; Early, Middle and Advanced stages. Each exercise is clearly explained and easy to follow and include illustrations for the beginning and ending movements. Each exercise is designed to target specific muscle groups in a systematic manner to maintain mobility and avoid overuse of these muscles.
The Exercise Program for ALS is the result of a collaborative effort between Julie Talkington, PT, MPT, ATP, a Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy and Simplesa Nutrition Corp., providers of specialized nutrition for the ALS community. The Exercise Program is a carefully vetted selection of 50+ exercises and stretches designed to strengthen and increase range of motion of specific muscles and muscle groups. The Program is comprised of a 40 page Manual that comes complete with General Guidelines, easy to follow, step-by-step instructions and illustrations for each exercise, energy Conservation Techniques and even Breathing Techniques. The Program also includes a set of 3 Exercise Rubber bands of different resistance levels and a small Exercise Ball for hand squeezing exercises.
- This Exercise Program may facilitate healthy innervation (stimulation through nerves) of neurons and synaptic networks to slow degeneration of neurons.*
- May promote a neuroprotective effect on muscles.*
- May help maintain muscle function, cardiopulmonary efficiency and muscle strength for a longer period of time.*
- Using these exercises matched to physical ability may help persons with ALS maintain a higher level of function and independence.*
- No harm from participating in moderate intensity exercise programs has been reported.*
* Based on the findings made by Andrew J. Lui and Nancy N. Byl in their study called: “A Systematic Review of the Effect of Moderate Intensity Exercise on Function and Disease Progression in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis”.
Warning: Simplesa Nutrition Corp. strongly recommends that you consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program. Do not start this exercise program if your physician or health care provider advises against it. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath at any time while exercising you should stop immediately. You should understand that when participating in any exercise or exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release and discharge Simplesa Nutrition Corp. from any and all claims or causes of action, known or unknown, arising out of Simplesa Nutrition Corp.'s negligence.
Simplesa Nutrition Corp. is not a licensed medical care provider and represents that it has no expertise in diagnosing, examining, or treating medical conditions of any kind, or in determining the effect of any specific exercise on a medical condition. Completing this program is not a guarantee of results. Neither this program nor the statements herein have been reviewed by the FDA. This program is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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