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Muscular Dystrophy

Information And Treatment

An inherited group of genetic diseases that tends to worsen over time, muscular dystrophy (MD) is a disorder that is defined by muscle weakness and loss of muscle tissue. Muscular dystrophy can affect a specific group or many groups of muscles and can materialize in children and adults. Symptoms of muscular dystrophy include progressive muscle weakness, delayed development of muscle motor skills, impaired speech and swallowing, drooling, eyelid drooping, imbalance, muscle loss and more.

Nutrition and supplement therapy can help to reduce symptoms of MD. It is often recommended that individuals with MD avoid potential food allergens such as dairy, gluten, corn, soy, food additives and preservatives. Antioxidants and healthy oils (like omega-3 fatty acids) are encouraged to help address inflammation and improve immunity, as is light exercise and lots of water. Herbs and dried extracts, such as green tea, are seen as another safe way to strengthen the body.

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) can provide relief as well. Regular massage can be beneficial for those experiencing spasms and muscle contractions. Acupuncture may temporarily enhance muscle function, while it has also been suggested that a yoga and Ayurveda regimen can improve mobility, self-care and respiratory ease. In addition, physical therapy can be of paramount importance too, helping patients to preserve muscles and maintain muscle strength and function.