This exercise is crucial for maintaining your independence, as it simulates real-life activities that often prove difficult for people with MS, says Ashley Davis, C.P.T., a trainer with Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, IL. More specifically, it improves your ability to lower down to a chair, the couch, or even a toilet and get back up without assistance.
Your ability to perform this movement may change from day to day. If you need to use a cane, walker, or piece of furniture to move through this exercise, that’s okay. Focus on what you can do now and, over time, you may find it gets easier.