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New program launching in Bakersfield to keep people with MS "free from falls"

The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society is offering Free from Falls, a fall prevention course in Bakersfield

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PRLog - Dec. 2, 2011 - BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Bakersfield – Walking, balance and coordination problems are among the common symptoms in people with multiple sclerosis (MS).  Those limitations in mobility can lead to injuries and can have a negative impact on quality of life.  To help out, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Southern California & Nevada Chapter designed “Free from Falls: A Comprehensive Fall Prevention Program for People with MS” which will be launched in Bakersfield for the first time ever at HealthSouth Bakersfield Rehabilitation Hospital Thursday, January 19, 2012.

Free from Falls, which will be held Thursdays through March 8, is designed to help improve confidence, safety and mobility and reduce the risk of falls by providing a supportive group atmosphere and expert instruction.  Dawn Thompson, physical therapist at HealthSouth, will lead each week’s two hour program.  Each session will have two parts: a discussion component focused on awareness of issues related to falls and an exercise component directed to improving postural alignment, balance, endurance and mobility.

People in Bakersfield will be among the first to complete Free from Falls; the program will be offered nationwide later in the fall of 2012.  The curriculum is designed for people living with MS who are able to walk (alone or with one cane, walking stick or crutch), but who may be at risk for falling.  For more information or to receive an application, please call the Kern County office of the National MS Society at 661.321.9512 or email kim.kotrla@nmss.org.

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and it stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.1 million worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS. In 2010 alone, through our national office and 50-state network of chapters, we devoted $159 million to programs and services that improved the lives of more than one million people.  To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $37 million to support 325 new and ongoing research projects around the world. We are people who want to do something about MS NOW.  Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org.

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Source:Christine Grontkowski
Phone:661-321-9512 x66401
Location:Bakersfield - California - United States
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