Exercise and Multiple Sclerosis



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Jason Hamann has made great strides since he first started coming to the Cape Coral Healthy Life Center. “I’m not as discouraged. I know that I can do it. I can do it. I try to encourage everybody to keep a positive go-get-them attitude.”

When he was 23 years old, Jason was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. When he started losing strength and hope, he decided it was time to change up his workout.

“The best thing we can do is continue that exercise in the proper scope to keep what he has, improve on what we can, improve that neuromuscular recruitment, keep those pathways open and awake, and keep his flexibility up,” said Bernie Lefebvre, an exercise specialist with Lee Health.

Multiple sclerosis is a progressive disease with no cure. It causes damage to the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord—but health experts say exercise can help to increase strength and balance.

Three days a week, Jason meets with exercise specialist Bernie Lefebvre to work on improving strength in his legs and core. “Drastic improvement, not just in his strength but in the activation of his legs, how much his legs can fire off and the muscles get involved. He’s made phenomenal progress,” said Bernie.

The progress that Jason can feel—both physically and emotionally. “I have MS but MS doesn’t have me,” said Jason.

Using motivation and exercise, Jason inspires others to have a better quality of life.


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