Study Shows That Stress Can Predict MS Flare-Ups
Stress is a challenge for a lot of people, but for those dealing with Multiple Sclerosis, it can be especially detrimental. A new study shows a direct correlation between stress and MS flare ups– and that “Being in stress management therapy reduced the development of new brain lesions.” Here’s an excerpt from the article, and if you’re dealing with MS or know someone who is, I hope you’ll click the link below for the full article. If this article is relevant to you or someone you care about and you’re in the greater Cleveland area, please call me today to talk about stress management.
“Being in stress management therapy reduced the development of new brain lesions,” said study author David C. Mohr, Ph.D., in an interview with Healthline.
Participants who received stress management therapy learned core skills, including relaxation techniques, problem solving, how to focus on positive activities, and the importance of social support. Researchers found that, given the tools to develop these coping skills, the volunteers were able to better manage their stress and successfully reduce their risk of new MS lesions.
Not only did researchers verify what they suspected—that negative stress can trigger new MS activity—but they also discovered that positive stress reduced the likelihood of new lesions on MRI.
“This study adds to a growing literature indicating that MS disease activity is a complex process that involves not only genetic and immune factors, but is also related to an individual’s interaction with their environment.” said Mohr.