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What Exercises Are Good for Functional Neurological Disorder?

What Exercises Are Good for Functional Neurological Disorder - What Exercises Are Good for Functional Neurological Disorder?

Functional neurological disorder (FND) is a condition where a person experiences various neurological symptoms such as tremors, paralysis and sensory disturbances without any underlying structural damage to the nervous system. It is believed that FND is caused by a problem with the way the brain and body communicate with each other. There is no cure for FND but proper diagnosis and treatment can help manage its symptoms. Exercise is one of the best ways to manage FND symptoms and in this blog post, we will discuss what exercises are good for functional neurological disorder.

Aerobic Exercises – Aerobic exercises are great for improving overall health and fitness. They increase blood flow, oxygen delivery and help improve mood. For people suffering from FND aerobic exercises can help improve balance, coordination and reduce symptoms like fatigue. Examples of aerobic exercises include walking, running, cycling, swimming and dancing.

Resistance Training – Resistance training, also known as strength training, involves using weights or resistance bands to build and maintain muscle mass. Resistance training is beneficial for people with FND because it helps improve posture, balance, and coordination. A physiotherapist or a certified kinesiologist can design a resistance training program tailored to individual needs and goals.

Yoga – Yoga is a gentle and effective exercise that can help manage FND symptoms. Yoga involves a series of poses that work on different parts of the body. It promotes relaxation, mindfulness, and improved body awareness. Yoga also helps improve posture, balance, and coordination. A qualified yoga instructor can guide you on how to safely practice yoga with FND.

Tai Chi – Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that involves gentle movements, breathing techniques, and meditation. Tai Chi has been shown to improve balance, coordination, muscle strength, and flexibility in people with neurological conditions such as FND. Tai Chi can be practiced by people of all ages and fitness levels, and it is a low-impact exercise that does not require any equipment.

Pilates – Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on strengthening the core muscles, improving posture, and increasing body awareness. Pilates can be beneficial for people with FND as it helps improve balance, coordination, and reduce muscle tension. Pilates can be done on a mat or using specialized equipment such as the reformer or the stability ball.

In conclusion, regular exercise is a crucial part of managing FND symptoms. Aerobic exercises, resistance training, yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates are all effective ways to improve body awareness, coordination, balance, and reduce fatigue in people with FND. It is essential to find an exercise routine that suits your individual needs and goals. Working with a physiotherapist or a certified kinesiologist can help you design an exercise program that is safe and effective for your condition. Remember to always consult with your healthcare provider before starting any exercise program.

If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Nitin Nair, BPT, R/TRO DIP, PT, or another Kitchener physiotherapist at CARESPACE. We are happy to listen and are here to help!

Nitin Nair, BPT, R/TRO DIP, PT

Nitin Nair, BPT, R/TRO DIP, PT

Physiotherapist
Nitin is an internationally trained physiotherapist and has been practicing in Canada since 2015. After graduating in 2009, Nitin started as a physiotherapist in a cardiothoracic and vascular surgery team under the guidance of an eminent cardiac surgeon. His interest and passion in the field of sports and musculoskeletal rehabilitation made him switch from acute care to a musculoskeletal rehabilitation setting. Nitin blends various hands-on physiotherapy techniques with therapeutic exercises to achieve his client’s goals. He is certified in the McKenzie method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT): Lumbar spine, Mulligan concepts and personalized blood flow restriction rehabilitation (PBFR). His clients vary from weekend warriors to elite athletes. He is a huge advocate of the ‘Looking beyond the pain’ model to provide clients with the best care possible. Exercises and activity modification are always important components of his treatment plans to empower clients to reach their health goals.

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