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Isometric Exercises for Nerve Strength and MS

My mom in the preliminary stages of MS, making it look better than it never has.

Can there be isometric exercises for nerve strength? Even more incredible, can isometric exercises truly be used to benefit conditions of multiple sclerosis? Let’s be clear; all isometric exercises develop nerve strength. What happens when you try to work one muscle against another? What I mean is, instead of, for instance, doing a chest fly, you push your hands together before you with all of your might. Your left arm is trying to go right, and your right arm is trying to go left; because they’ve met with overall equal force in the middle, neither arm moves. That requires you to concentrate on maintaining the strength of that contraction.

Meanwhile, your arms have no clue what in the dickens is happening, so your brain sends signals to recruit more and more muscle fibers so that your arms actually move. You are essentially tricking yourself into using all of the available muscle fibers in your arms instead of worrying if you’ve fatigued the full muscle as one might with repetitive exercises. The motor nerve impulse is strengthened by training isometrics, meaning that the overall strength of the peripheral nervous system is directly impacted by training isometric exercises. That is how isometrics can help to make the mind-muscle connection in your body stronger than you may ever imagine. You don’t develop the strength to bend steel bars without having a nervous system that can sustain the impact.

My mom in the more advanced stages of MS, looking as beautiful as ever. And a cameo from yours truly in my early years.

Isometric exercises actually can develop the myelin sheath, a fatty, insulating protective layer around your nerves, for your peripheral nervous system. This means that the signal from your brain to your muscles can conduct quicker as a result of increased myelination from isometric exercises. In fact, Gregory Mitchell, pioneer of the Mind Development Courses, has researched that

“since Isometrics were introduced into Mind Development they contributed on average a further significant increase in IQ. The correlations between Isometrics and test performance were very high. Simple reaction times decreased on average by 23%, and complex reaction times (a measure of neural efficiency, hence correlating with IQ) decreased by 16%”.

If there is increased myelination in the peripheral nervous system, that means that isometric exercises, at least to some extent, can hold a solid place in the possible rehabilitation of people suffering from multiple sclerosis. That alone, on a personal note, is a possibility that I welcome wholeheartedly.

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