One woman’s journey towards finding answers to her multiple sclerosis (MS) led to her journey towards yoga. MS is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and central nervous system and was causing optic neuritis, an inflammation of the optic nerve that can cause a partial or complete loss of vision. Paula Meltzer, who was suddenly hit by MS at the age of 38, never gave up. Today, almost two decades later, Meltzer, out of a wheelchair and walking without a cane, is one of 14 women with moderate disability due to MS who participated in a pilot trial conducted by the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions. A specially-designed yoga program for these MS patients not only improved their physical and mental well-being but also enhanced their overall quality of life.
At the end of the eight-week trial, MS patients were able to walk better for short distances and longer periods of time, had better balance while reaching backwards, fine motor coordination, and were better able to go from sitting to standing. Their quality of life also improved in perceived mental health, concentration, bladder control, walking, and vision, with a decrease in pain and fatigue.
The yoga pilot trial was held at Still Point Yoga Center in Laurel Springs, a southern New Jersey town close to Philadelphia. “What was so nice about this experience was that although everyone was at a different level of the disease, we felt like we were all together, so I think the camaraderie helped,” said Meltzer. “And it wasn’t just about gaining more mobility and balance in our legs but our arms and necks felt stronger as well.”
So if you have MS, turn to yoga. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for a complete plan on reversing MS by 70-80% without medication. The plan includes diet charts, supplements, yoga, breathing and other forms of lifestyle changes.