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Old 05-31-2016, 12:03 AM #2 (permalink)
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Since ALS is a disease in the brain that stops the "go" signal from activating the muscles, it doesn't matter if your muscle is big, little, or ginormous. When ALS destroys the nerve that would activate your bicep, your bicep will lie there limp, whether it's been exercised or not.

Regarding exercise, I think there is general agreement on two things: First, if it makes you happy, that's a good thing. Second, range of motion "exercises," that is, moving the limbs properly will reduce the pain of stiff joints. A physical therapist is likely (but not guaranteed) to know how to teach you and your CALS to do ROM exercises.

However, I mostly see the ALS community telling us not to exercise for strength.
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