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SUSAN E. BENNETT

PT, DPT, EdD, NCS, MSCS

Dr. Susan E. Bennett is a Clinical Professor of Rehabilitation Science and department of Neurology at the University at Buffalo, and an associate in the UB Neurosurgery department.

Dr. Bennett holds a BS degree in physical therapy, Masters of Science in Health Science Education, Doctor of Education degree in Health Behavioral Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She is board certified as both a Neurologic Certified Specialist and Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist. She established the physical therapy practice in 1992 as a solo practitioner. The practice has grown and now includes multiple highly skilled and knowledgeable physical therapy colleagues with comprehensive rehabilitation services offered at 4 clinical locations.

A report from the Consortium of MS Centers (CMSC) Consensus Conference summarizes the scientific evidence regarding the benefits of exercise in MS1
Physical Benefits: IMPROVED

Cardiovascular function1 , Muscular strength1,3 , Mobility2,4 , Balance2,5 , Fatigue3

Cognitive Benefits:

Decrease Anxiety2 , Improved Emotional Behavior3 , Decrease Depression2,3 , Improve Cognitive function6

"For individuals with MS, a prescription for exercise may be one of the best therapies available to maintain function and promote positive health benefits.1"

1. Vollmer TL, et al. Int J MS Care. 2012;14(suppl 3):2-16; 2. Rietberg MB, et al. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2004;(3):CD003980; 3. Petajan JH, et al. Ann Neurol. 1996;39(4):432-441; 4. Snook EM, Motl RW. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2009;23(2):108-116; 5. Brown TR, Kraft GH. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2005;16(2):513-555; 6. Prakash RS, et al. Int J MS Care. 2010;12:1-5.

DISCUSSION POINTS

  1. What are Core Muscles?
  2. Why is it important to have a stable core
  3. FUN Exercises YOU can do to strengthen your core, increase your Heart Rate and promote BDNF – An Important Protein!!

CORE STABILIZATION

Core Stabilization Important in Strengthening the Body. Poor Posture and Weak Core makes it harder to move your legs!!

Key Point: Exercise to strengthen the back and abdominal muscles should be first component of resistive exercise!

Types of Muscle Action:
Holding Isometric – 5 to 10 seconds
–Sit up Tall, both arms up over head; 5 sec then lower;
–Both arms up over head reach right – HOLD, then left – HOLD

Dynamic Movement with Control – no loss of balance
–Sit up Tall, alternate punch arms up over head
–Sit up Tall, alternate punches forward , up over head left, then right

STABLE CORE?

Why is it Important to have a Stable Core?

  • Respiratory Function!
    • Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide exchange
  • Cardiovascular function
    • General circulation
    • Contraction property of heart muscle
  • Alignment of spine
    • For posture and movement
  • Balance
    • A stable posture enables movement

EXERCISE AND BRAIN

“Brain Reserve and Cognitive Reserve are the most important concepts in MS in the last 20 years. By living an active lifestyle, including learning and physical activity, you can further expand your cognitive reserve.” Timothy Vollmer, M.D.

“Higher cognitive reserve seems to protect mental functioning in people with MS, as it does in Alzheimer’s and aging.” James Sumowski, Ph.D

EXERCISE SHOULD BE FUN!!

Seated Exercise – good; slower movements; good warm up for exercise

Rockin Robin

Seated Exercise – great, faster movements

Sitting

On All FOURS

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??

JUST DO IT!
AND WE WILL HELP!
Comprehensive Care !!!