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Can Cooling Down Help MS Patients Exercise Longer?

Exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your health, particularly if you suffer from arthritis, osteoporosis or multiple sclerosis (MS). In fact, it's a must for patients who suffer from chronic aches and stiffness, because inactivity can worsen the pain.

Because MS can also cause the body to heat up faster, thus slowing down one's ability to exercise, University of Buffalo researchers will soon investigate if cooling down before and during aerobic exercise helps patients work out longer, as well as which method is most effective.

Scientists will try different cooling techniques each week during the first phase to determine how they affect stamina, performance and core body temperature. The final phase compares patients who use cooling techniques while exercising with those who don't.

Some low-impact activities that can help you alleviate the pain and stiffness that comes with MS along with the physical benefits of exercise:

EurekAlert November 2, 2005

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