New exercise guidelines for adults with muscle-wasting conditions launched

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The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign has launched a new set of exercise guidelines for adults with muscle-wasting conditions, which provides people with information about the importance of exercise, and how it can be safely carried out.

The guidelines have been developed by the Adult Neuromuscular Physiotherapy Special Interest Group, which is made up of expert neuromuscular physiotherapists from across the country.

The new guidelines emphasise the benefits that people with muscle-wasting conditions can experience by taking part in the correct type and level of physical activity for them. These benefits can include:

  • reducing fatigue
  • improving bone density
  • improving sleep
  • maintaining the ability to perform everyday tasks

It is always important to remember that ‘exercising’ does not mean you have to be a member of a gym or go to a formal exercise class; simply increasing the amount you move around or being more physically active during the day can be just as important. Exercise can be focused on addressing a specific problem, or it can be used more generally to keep you fit and healthy.

The new exercise guidelines are designed as a useful starting point for someone beginning to exercise, making sure this is done in the correct way. This is especially important for those who are less experienced at doing exercise. The guidelines are most useful if they are discussed with a physiotherapist so that they can make sure that an exercise plan is tailored to your individual needs as these can vary greatly.

The new guidelines are available to be downloaded as a PDF.

Neeru Malhotra, Head of Information and Neuromuscular Outreach at the Muscular Dystrophy campaign, said:

“I’m pleased that we have been able to bring so many expert neuromuscular physiotherapists together to develop these important exercise guidelines.  We hope these new guidelines will be a great help to adults living with muscle-wasting conditions; and encourage people to participate in exercise plans which have been tailored to an individual.”

If you would like any more information about physiotherapy and how you can access it, please contact the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign on 0207 803 48000207 803 4800 or email

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