The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is offering a host of educational activities on wellness strategies that address both the mind and body in its efforts to mark Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month.
The campaign theme this year is “The Mind, Body, and MS Connection,” which emphasizes the integration of physical and emotional care in improving MS symptom management and overall quality of life.
MS patients experience many symptoms, including fatigue, numbness and tingling, muscle spasms, walking difficulties, pain, and bowel or bladder problems. Many also experience emotional changes such as depression, anxiety, and mood swings.
For the month, free MSAA events include webinars, which will be archived and may be viewed later. An upcoming webinar, titled “Keeping it Simple: Everyday Mindfulness for People Living with MS,” is scheduled for March 24, 7–8 p.m. EST. Cheryl Young, a marriage and family therapist at the Louisville Mindfulness Center, will talk about the benefits of mindfulness techniques in managing stress, anxiety, irritability, and fear.
In addition, as part of its Ask the Expert series, the My MSAA Community online platform will feature a live discussion about “Diet, Nutrition and Other Wellness Trends in MS,” on March 16, 6–7 p.m. EST. It will be hosted by Carrie Hersh, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, from the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
Visit this site for a transcript of a recent “Wellness and Healthy Living with MS” conversation with Annette Okai, MD, medical director of the Baylor Scott & White Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Center in Dallas.
Patients and caregivers are encouraged to join My MSAA Community, a peer-to-peer online forum, and share their own stories this month.
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