It’s funny how certain types of problems show up in the studio in waves. My most recent wave has been severe muscular degeneration in the form of multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy. With both scenarios it was, first, important for me to explain to my clients that exercise is not going to return strength to the muscles that have been affected by the disease. What we can do is strengthen the muscles that are not affected and increase coordination in those muscles as well.
And the coordination will be key. Coordination in the small musculature so that the body’s muscles can work together synergistically and effectively is a component that is lost whenever there is an injury. To return coordination to some of those small muscles in the case of severe muscular degeneration will be even more valuable.
Here’s the video with one of my favorite exercises for muscle loss. Let me know if you have any questions. Karena