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Excersise

Had a visit to physio yesterday and he's given me different excersise to do as I felt the others I had wasn't pushing me enough. Last night I kept bumping in to things, not so bad now, I don't want to put myself in a wheelchair yet as I feel I'll get too dependent on it and take the easy option.

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Kudos to you! Exercise really does help! My best to you..., ;o)

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Mine are called ‘Otago’ balance exercises. When first given them, I thought they were too easy and felt a bit of a fraudster. Now, it’s like climbing a mountain!

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totally agree, I am also trying to avoid the wheel chair...………… bumping into things could be caused by being tired after trying new exercises, keep going

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I am having a better day today, it could well have been that I was tired. Thank you

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Hi Maridale, One tip that I find helps before I stand up, I strech my arms, upper torso and legs an the carefuly start moving. I find it helps not to bump into things. Some how that helps to wake up my muscles.

best wishes

Isabel

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Thank you Isabel I'll try that

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Why wait to be told what exercise to do, surely you'd be better to challenge yourself. Most of it is muscle memory, so give your muscles something to remember.

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There is scientific research showing that following a program of exercise designed for people with Ataxia can reset your body by 2 years. I will find the study and report back. You might ask your doctor to prescribe it as therapy. There is another study that showed walking on a treadmill while supported (perhaps holding the rails) improved the gait of ataxic patients

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Thank you sunvox, and thank you for all of your informative posts. You have done so much research, and shared so much invaluable info with the rest of us, I just wanted to let you know how much your input is appreciated.

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I have looked into treadmills at my local gym but sadly they are upstairs and they haven't got a lift so that's out

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It's not that expensive to buy a treadmill to use at home. You could also hire one for a month to see how you get on. Just google 'hiring a treadmill' - there are several companies that do this.

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Thanks,will do, I wasn't aware they could be hired

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I use a treadmill at +hysio therapy. I find it really helps, unfortunately I can only go once a week, but will look into getting one. Thanks for your input

Best wishes

Isabel

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Exercise is only worth doing if at the end of it you are breathing heavily and sweating,I also don't want to rely on a wheelchair,so I only use it when I go out(I find it easier)

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This isn’t what I was thinking of but I think it’s actually more relevant:

ataxia.org.uk/News/physioth...

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articl...

hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2...

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Thank you for the web sites, I have briefly looked and they appear very informative. Will have a more intense look a bit later. Once again thank you

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