Friday, September 18, 2015

Physical Therapy Benefits for Myasthenia Gravis Patients

Myasthenia gravis creates varying degrees of weakness in the muscles in your face, arms and legs as well as the muscles that control your breathing. Research, published in an issue of the journal “Chest”, indicates that physical therapy breathing techniques can improve respiratory muscle strength in patients with this neuromuscular disease. If you suffer from myasthenia gravis, your doctor may recommend physical therapy exercises to help strengthen your muscles.

Myasthenia Gravis
Myasthenia gravis -- an autoimmune disease -- results from your body’s immune system producing antibodies that attack its own tissues. In this case, the body produces antibodies that block or destroy muscle receptors necessary for nerve-to-muscle communication and subsequent muscle contraction.