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Swimming Lessons For Those with MS

July 18, 2016

There are many MS patients who happen to call the greater Houston area home. The Trotter Family YMCA at the Galleria is going the extra mile to ensure that these patients can stay cool during the summer.

Lisa Sailor is a mother of three and grandmother to two who uses a wheelchair. She recently began working in the outdoor pool at YMCA located in the Galleria area.

“I can walk some, but to be able to walk in the extent that I do in the water is amazing. And to be able to not have the pain and the fatigue that I feel when I walk on land is awesome,” 57-year old Sailor said.
The Trotter Family YMCA is piloting an adaptive aquatics program. It provides 50 minutes of movement through exercises specifically designed to help those who are living with MS.

“Even if it’s just sitting in the water, in a seat, doing basic movements. You’re getting some movement in, which is so important for people with MS,” said Cheryl Stitt, who has had MS for over a decade and left her sales job to become a swim instructor at the YMCA.

New research shows water aerobics can help. In water, Stitt explained a person’s body weight can drop to nearly nothing, which makes mobility exercises much more manageable.

“To be able to walk in the water is so freeing,” explained Sailor.

About a dozen people diagnosed with MS are currently taking the class. The Trotter Family YMCA is hoping it grows in popularity so classes can spread to nearly three dozen other YMCA locations within the Greater Houston area.