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Drumming Away The Pain Of Multiple Sclerosis

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - It's not a traditional treatment, but drumming classes like the one at the 7th annual Discovery Weekend in Ocean City, are apparently a growing type of therapy for multiple sclerosis.

"Drums Alive is a whole body whole fitness therapeutic program," says Shawn Bannon, a Drums Alive instructor.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system, breaking down the brain's neurons, causing symptoms that range from mild numbness in the limbs to paralysis or vision loss.
     
Shawn says the repetition of the drumming movement "is able to reconnect neurons within the brain to allow them to regain their fine motor control." But the class doesn't just workout the mind. 

"It's a way to get your whole body moving," says Diana Robinson, one of the women participating.

If some of what goes on seems silly, there's a reason for that.  For Shawn Bannon, the hour and a half class is about more than teaching patients how to cope with a disease.

He says "my whole goal with the program here with the MS is to allow people to forget they have MS, or that their family members have MS.  It is really a lot of fun."

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