“As we start a new school year, The Mighty teamed up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to raise awareness about neuromuscular diseases and the challenges students and their families face when teachers and school staff do not understand their condition. We asked parents in our communities what they wish their children’s teachers understood about neuromuscular diseases this school year.”
Among the nine points she cited, some were,
Neuromuscular disease can affect how you concentrate because you are so tired.
My daughter wants nothing more than to blend in. See her, not just her wheelchair.
It’s not contagious. People [with neuromuscular diseases] are just like everyone else.
Another type of neuromuscular affliction to strike youngsters is Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, which is a hereditary sensory and motor neuropathy. The video below shows some of its early signs, such as:
slight difficulty in walking because of trouble picking up the feet
Ms Bayliss first points out the benefits of staying active.
“After all, physical activity can help you control your blood sugar levels, improve your mood, and manage stress and emotions. It can also aid in weight loss, which helps lessen tension and pain in your lower body.”
Then she recommends the following steps as a safe and successful program to follow.
Talk to your doctor about possible health risks before starting any strenuous physical routine.
Begin with seated exercises if there is pain with standing or balance issues could affect your safety.
Practice balance training when possible as a way to work the lower muscles of the body.
Find the right cardio regimen, such as swimming or exercise bikes, if walking or running isn’t possible.
Regularly check your feet, hands or other pressure points for sores, which can present serious problems, if gone undetected.
Besides the medical benefits, activity helps a person feel happier and more alive.
“The researchers found that, although pain intensity had not changed by the end of the program, participants reported significant reductions in how much pain interfered with their walking, normal work, relationships with others, sleep, and how much pain interfered with their life overall.”
“Fortunately, patients can combat—and even prevent—diabetic peripheral neuropathy by following a regular exercise routine. Aerobic exercises, such as running or swimming, strength training exercises, functional training, and tai chi have all been shown to improve symptoms, whether by decreasing pain and neuropathic symptoms or by increasing function and nerve conduction. In addition, exercise improves glucose control and combats other complications related to diabetes, such as obesity and hypertension, thus making it a cornerstone of any diabetic patient’s treatment.”
These aren’t cures for nerve pain, but recommendations as possible ways to lessen it’s effects. As the author cautions,
I often stress that you should not use essential oils undiluted, and never apply a neat oil directly to the skin. Most essential oils that are from reputable companies come with safety instructions and these should always be read prior to use.
Always check before administering to pregnant women, babies and small children as there are a number of essential oils that should not be used.
And you should always consult with your doctor as some oils can interact with other medication.