Are there alternative treatments for Duchenne or Becker muscular dystrophy?

Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy are names for the same disorder caused by genetic mutations in the DMD gene. There are several alternative treatment options that may be beneficial to individuals with this disorder. One of the most popular alternative therapies is exercise, which helps strengthen muscles and joints and may improve range of motion. However, it's important to get the right amount and type of exercise, since too much activity could actually hurt the muscles. Swimming and other water activities are great choices for people with Duchenne or Becker muscular dystrophy. Hot baths or massages may also provide benefits to the muscles. It's also important to maintain a balanced diet that includes a lot of fiber and water. Since prednisone and other medications may cause weight gain, restricting calorie intake may be helpful.

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