Exercise is not always classified as a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Instead, it may be viewed as conventional medicine or entirely out of the realm of medicine, as a type of self-care or simply a component of one's lifestyle. Regardless of its formal classification, it is important to consider exercise because it is not always fully discussed during a conventional medical office visit, and it has significant health implications for people with multiple sclerosis (MS).
Attitudes about exercise and MS have changed dramatically. In the past, regular exercise was not generally recommended for people with MS. However, based on more recent research demonstrating that exercise produces multiple beneficial effects, appropriate forms of regular exercise are now encouraged for people with MS.
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