6 ALS Therapies to Improve Quality of Life

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An occupational therapist can help ALS patients in several different ways:

  • To understand how best to modify the house they live in to allow accessibility when they start losing their mobility and muscle strength. With these home changes, walking safely around the house will be easier.
  • Help ALS patients compensate for the lack of mobility in their hands and arms, allowing patients to keep some independence for as long as possible.
  • The therapist will introduce patients to adaptive equipment that may help with continuing to perform daily activities such as dressing, grooming, eating and bathing.

Did you know that there’s a robotic glove that improves mobility for ALS patients?

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3 comments

  1. Carol Mongiello says:

    You stated physical therapy will help ALS patients to improve and strengthen their muscles. So does this mean their muscles may be stronger but they have no ability to use these muscles? As in the case of rapid progression ALS. I’m having difficulty understanding this.

    • John says:

      Carol, as a fellow ALS patient, who does many exercises every day, but is still gradually losing strength, I think that your muscles won’t become stronger, but will be stronger than they would otherwise be.

  2. I live with ALS I went to physical therapy after spinal fusion surgery. I really pushed myself to get my legs and back stronger after surgery .It stopped progressing as I’d like. I decided to go see a neurologist and after tests was diagnosed with Als 😢

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