I jave always believed very strongly that exercise is the very best way to slow down the progression of FA. Here's what I do:
I've lifted dumbells since I joined the gym at college when I was 17. A few years ago I started using 5kg ankle weights which are like soft weighted bean bags instead of dumbbells as I was hitting my face and knees with them. Whilst holding the ankle weights I do flat flys, bicep curls, lateral raisers, triceps and wrist curls (there are loads of how-to videos of each of these on YouTube). I find these are really great exercises to do especially for trunk balance and it's something that I can do completely independently.
Exercises to strengthen hands and fingers
In recent years I have found my fingers getting really stiff and as so much of my time revolves around using a computer I have found this to be a really limiting symptom. In an attempt to stop it from getting any worse I exercise my hands and fingers firstly using a stress ball which I bought from eBay. I found I was dropping this lot whilst using it so I asked my mom to attach it to a piece of string so why can wear it around my neck while I’m using it so it doesn’t fall on the floor. I also use hand grips which I bought from my local sports store and do this hand and finger workout http://www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/ss/slideshow-hand-finger-exercises.
Exercises to strengthen facial muscles
A few years ago I noticed how my face started to droop when smiling for photos and I could guess how this muscle weakness was affecting my speech. I now do exercises similar to those on http://www.wikihow.com/Exercise-Facial-Muscles - over time they've really hrlped.
|This website has been around sinse 1998, and although it's changed a lot over the years it's always been about me and my disability. Over the years I have used many different hosts and website design packages. For the past ten years or so I have used 1&1 as my host and I have always been very happy with it. I have always wanted to learn how to build a website from scratch using Adobe Dreamweaver, so about three years ago I got in touch with Polar Solutions and arranged for a trainer to come out to my home to teach me at my own pace. So I now design this website using Adobe Dreamweaver and the skills I learned on that course. I designed the buttons using Cool Text.|