Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Common symptoms of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neuromuscular disease characterized by the death of nerve cells and the depletion and paralysis of voluntary muscles. Some symptoms associated with the progression of ALS include difficulty walking, balance problems, difficulty with daily functional activities, muscular weakness or stiffness, and joint pain. Guided physiotherapy can help manage these symptoms, within moderation, as approved by a physician.

How can physiotherapy and rehabilitation help Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), in addition to complete ice bucket challenge

Physiotherapy can effectively work towards promoting mobility, maintaining muscular health in tissues not affected by ALS, maintaining cardiovascular health, and slowing the progression of muscular atrophy.

At Profusion Rehab, your exercises will be tapered to your individual needs and your activity tolerance. Sessions will often take a circuit training format to avoid patient fatigue. As part of your therapy, our physiotherapist will offer manual therapy, low impact cardio and movement, light weight resistance training, and muscular biofeedback with assisted movement as determined during your assessment. We will work towards maintaining your range of motion and strengthening conditioning relative to your ability.

Always discuss your planned exercises with your health care professional. Supervised exercise will ensure your safety so as not to reach a dangerous level of fatigue or cause damage to muscles with overexertion.