At Can Do MS, we know that the power of knowledge can transform lives. We’ve created this library to serve as a valuable resource in helping people living with multiple sclerosis and their support partners live their best lives. From articles on health, wellness and lifestyle enhancements that focus on specific topics pertaining to the six dimensions of wellness, which include the physical, emotional, social, occupational, spiritual and intellectual aspects of living with MS, to useful links and resources, use this resource to build your knowledge and expand your beliefs about what is possible.
By: Peggy Crawford, PhD & Rosalind Kalb, PhD
Over 2.2 million Americans are in the “sandwich generation” – simultaneously providing support to aging parents/in-laws and at least one child under age 18. As life expectancy increases, the “sandwich generation” will continue to grow rapidly. Providing support has significant positive effects (enhancing relationships, creating sense of gratification/empathy/responsibility), but also poses financial, emotional, psychological, social, and marital burdens.
By: Chris Nesbitt, MPT
Pain can be amplified by what others say to you and affect your emotions. A fearful understanding of how pain may result from daily life choices can, in fact, prohibit you from making those life choices and falsely inhibit your understanding of what you actually can do. However, a healthy understanding of your pain may lead you to believe that you are not in danger of falling apart or under a real physical threat. Your understanding of your pain can more you feel confident and safe. You can do something about your pain psychology by learning and managing your "biopsychosocial factors"Continue Reading
By: Emily Williamson, BSW and Kim Calder, MPS
While no one plans to get sick or hurt, health insurance protects you from unexpected medical costs and offers other benefits like preventative care. We have taken some common questions and offered strategies and solutions to help to navigate this sometimes overwhelming world of health insurance.Continue Reading
By: Stephanie Buxhoeveden, MSCN, MSN, FNP-BC; Roz Kalb, Ph.D.; and Mandy Rohrig, PT, DPT
You and your healthcare team work together to manage your multiple sclerosis (MS). Each of the team members shown here can help you recognize and address the many kinds of challenges that may occur over the course of the disease. People with MS and their families may interact with many of these providers depending on the medical, psychological or social problems that arise over time.Continue Reading
By: Barbara B. Appelbaum, PCC, MBA, MAT & Dawn Ehde, PhD,
When life feels like it is at its worst, you have the opportunity to be at your best. Receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) represents one of these junctures. You are blindsided by a betrayal of your body that feels like it will never stop. Your knee-jerk reaction is to run or hide under the covers; although neither of those are useful options. What is helpful is recognizing you can shift your mindset and respond with positivity; decreasing your stress and increasing your overall wellness.Continue Reading
By: Stephanie Nolan, OTR/L – Occupational Therapist & Mandy Rohrig, PT, DPT – Physical Therapist
MS can present ongoing changes to the person with MS and support partners. Changes to strength, balance, coordination, dexterity, and other physical abilities are not uncommon (as well as cognitive, occupational, and mood-related changes). What doesn’t change, however, is our innate need for independence, especially in our homes. Therefore, making intelligent changes to your home to improve environmental accessibility is important to compensate for these changes, while promoting as much independence as possible and, most importantly, ensuring the safety of the person with MS, as well as the whole family.Continue Reading
By: Fay Jobe Tripp, MS, OTR/L, CDRS
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is commonly known to affect a person’s overall physical functioning with limitations in movement coordination, strength, endurance, and sensation with numbness. To maximize function, independence and safety, it is important to successfully incorporate compensatory strategies into purposeful occupations and functional daily activities in the home, in leisure skills, at work, and in the community.Continue Reading
By: Sue Kushner, PT, MS - Physical Therapist and Can Do MS Programs Consultant
All exercise is not created equal. A well-balanced fitness program needs a number of components - some tangible, some not so tangible. Individual exercise recommendations can be broken down into four tangible categories: Strengthening, stretching, balance and coordination, and cardiovascular activities. Your exercise goals should encompass each of these categories. "Non-cardio" exercises can also offer benefits in each of these categories.Continue Reading
By: Mona Bostick RDN, CSO, LDN – Registered Dietitian Nutritionist & Mandy Rohrig, PT, DPT – Physical Therapist
Through aspects of our everyday life that we CAN control- particularly diet choices and physical activity- we can positively change and improve obesity and obesity-related comorbid health conditions. Exercise may influence body functions such as mood and cognition, mobility, and bowel and bladder functions. Exercise and physical activity may also have positive effects on the neuroplasticity of the brain, as well as enhancing the neuroprotective environment and minimizing inflammation. Similarly, what you eat can greatly affect your overall health and well-being.
Change is always difficult and there are really no shortcuts; you have to actually make sustainable changes to get results. BUT the payoff for your hard work is promising! Losing excess weight can make you feel better both physically and emotionally.Continue Reading
By: Nina Martinez
When trying to determine whether and under what conditions you can work with multiple sclerosis, it is key that you understand the laws that govern accommodations in the workplace. This article serves as a brief introduction to the law and discusses strategies for making accommodation requests.Continue Reading
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