There is good evidence that exercise can help slow and even reverse the loss of function caused by FSHD. Exercise is also essential for your overall fitness and health. While exercise probably does not reverse the disease process itself, it helps strengthen muscles that are still healthy. A physical or occupational therapist can guide you in figuring out targeted exercises, stretches, etc. to support the healthy muscles and develop ways of moving and carrying out daily functions that avoid causing muscle strain and pain. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, however. It takes research, persistence, and creativity to find a regimen that works for you and your body. Our downloadable brochure Physical Therapy and Exercise for FSHD was written by leading experts to help you and your physical therapist work as a team.
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Physical therapy and exercise blog posts
Feeling Fit: Exercising your hands and arms
Textbook descriptions of FSH muscular dystrophy focus on weakness in biceps and shoulder blades, but many individuals also experience weakness that affects their hands, wrists, and forearms. In our March… Read More »
How postural changes lead to pain
“I’m focused on getting posture right and core as active as possible.” – Ulrike Uta At this month’s Feeling Fit with FSHD sessions, physiotherapist Ulrike Uta, MSc, MCSP, of the… Read More »
Feeling Fit with Lonwabo Nene
Disclaimer: Information provided by the FSHD Society does not imply an endorsement of any of the drugs, procedures, treatments, or products discussed. Please consult your own healthcare provider about any… Read More »
Feeling Fit with low-impact seated exercises
Disclaimer: Not every exercise is appropriate or safe for every individual, so please use your best judgement and consult your health care provider. Priscilla Sharun is a fitness enthusiast and… Read More »
Feeling Fit: Exercises for the neck and shoulders
Disclaimer: Not every exercise is appropriate or safe for every individual, so please use your best judgement and consult your health care provider. If anything hurts, stop! In the November… Read More »
Abdominal and breathing exercises for FSHD
Disclaimer: Not every exercise is appropriate or safe for every individual, so please use your best judgement and consult your health care provider. We’re excited to launch Feeling Fit with… Read More »