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+ Do I have to sign a contract to join MSForward?

No, MS Forward does not require you to sign a contract or pay a start up membership fee. We understand that at times, exacerbations may be caused by the disease and time off to rest and heal the body is required

+ Are there trainers who are present the entire time I am working out?

Yes, MS Forward trainers that supervise and walk you through the entire session each time you have a class. This way the trainer can see your progress on an individual basis and evaluate if changes need to be made. Like the variability of multiple sclerosis there is not a one-size-fits all program. Individual attention to your specific needs is important to us.

+ Are the instructors trained or certified in strength training?

Yes, There is always a certified trainer who is also CPR trained in each class who has knowledge of the needs of the MS client.

+ Does the strength training vary every time I attend a class?

There can be a combination of strength training and aerobic exercise for those clients who are able to tolerate the level of exercise. Exercises involving strength, balance, and coordination stations are included in each workout. There is a rotation of exercises to cover particular areas that the MS patient needs specifically for them. The daily fluctuations in fatigue and energy come into play as far as the intensity of exercises. Other benefits of exercise have been documented in the positive quality of mental and social activities.

+ What is the cost/fees for classes at MS Forward?

Monthly Fees / No Membership Required 2 class times per week $45 3 class times per week $54 Unlimited $64 This includes a strength program, adaptative program, or a combination. Also, we do not have a ‘use it or lose it’ policy for monthly classes. Unused classes can be made up anytime during the month.

+ Should I discuss this with my Doctor before I start working out at MS Forward?

Absolutely. When starting any new physical fitness program let your physician know in case there are any complications that your Doctor wants to be informed of. Exercise has such an overall positive effect on our vitality, physical, and social functioning that the benefits are far-reaching. Your medication regime is between you and your physician. We feel confident that this program will allow you to have a positive view in your overall health perception regardless of the disease progression.

+ What is involved in strength training?

The three main methods of strength training involve free weights, portable equipment such as resistance bands, and stationary exercise machines. Which one to use is determined by your physical ability, coordination, strength, muscle control, and personal preference.

+ Do I have to have MS to participate?

No, we currently work with adults who have been diagnosed with A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Parkinson’s disease, strokes, and those who have suffered a Cervical Spine Injury. As always, consent with your physician is required and should not be used as a replacement for physical therapy. Our clients have had great success physically, mentally, and emotionally as a result of the program.

+ Have you completed any studies to validate your program?

Yes, to date, we have completed three studies. See ‘Our Studies‘ page for more detailed information and view the resulting documentation. The first study, recorded in 2006, was in partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center and studied the “Effectiveness of a strength program on adults diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis”. Sixty-seven adults participated in a six-month program and the results were excellent. MS_WEIGHT_TRAINING Our second study, held in 2008, was in partnership with Washington University-St. Louis which studied the “Effectiveness of physical exercise on depression and other mental conditions in those diagnosed with MS”. Forty adults partipated and the results were extremely positive. Augustine,Larsen,Kucera8-23-08 The final study, concluded in 2009, studied the “Impact of a Resistance Program on Gait”. The study was again in partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, as well as, the University of Nebraska-Omaha Biomechanics Program. Sixty-three adults participated with impressive results. Special note: On Sat. June 4, 2011, at the International Consortium of MS Centers (CMSC), as first author, Mary Filipi, ARNP, Ph.D., was awarded the Robert M. Herndon Award for the 2010 outstanding article in the International Journal of MS Care for the article, “Impact of Resistance Training on Balance and Gait in Multiple Sclerosis”. Mary said, “While I may have been presented the award, it could not have been done without each one of you. Thank you very much for your contribution and congratulations!!” FilipiPoster Data on any study is available by contacting MSForward/Fast Forward at 402-330-6292.

+ Any suggestions for exercises at home?

+ Any balance exercises to work on at home?