"Living with MS: Wellness with Dr. Matt Petry" will begin at 7 p.m.
Monday in ALMH Conference Room A, located in the basement of the
hospital. The program is offered by the National MS Society and is
free to the community.
Wendy Haste, regional director of community
development for the society's Greater Illinois Chapter, says people
with MS are often surprised to discover that certain exercises will
not only keep them active and healthy, but also preserve their
"It's a wellness program we sponsor to talk to folks about the
benefits of physical therapy and how to access physical therapy
through their insurance program," Haste says. "It's very
interactive, and we've gotten great reviews from people who thought
physical therapy wasn't for them because they weren't injured."
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Petry is a board-certified chiropractic physician in private
practice who specializes in working with people with MS.
Strengthening and stretching exercises are intended to focus on
mobility and flexibility and help improve the mind, body and spirit.
MS is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central
nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic
Anyone with questions about the program can call Brenda Centers
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from Abraham Lincoln Memorial