Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

MS is a neurological condition that affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, inflammation within the nerves can result in a variety of symptoms which can vary greatly from person to person and also day to day.

Some of the symptoms include, muscle weakness, sensory symptoms such as pins and needles or numbness, changes within muscle tone, fatigue, balance and mobility problems.

Medical management for MS


There have been huge advances in drug therapy and is very much dependent on the type and nature of the disease, for some there are a number of disease modifying drugs aimed at slowing the disease progression. Drugs may also be effective in managing some of the symptoms such as pain, spasticity and fatigue.

 

Physiotherapy for MS


Research indicates that physiotherapy is beneficial at all stages of the disease and can reduce disability, maximise potential for independence and reduce secondary complications.

Studies are showing that exercise can play a key role in managing MS and in particular resistance training, Pilates, yoga and aerobic exercise such as walking, swimming.

 

What can we offer at Neurological Physiotherapy?


Expert assessment

Initial assessment will be completed to establish any movement, balance, postural concerns and or issues with pain and questionnaires, physical assessments to record progress and monitor improvements.

Manual therapy

A hands on therapy approach is often used to improve body alignment, to enable muscles to function better so movement and balance is easier, which in turn reduces symptoms.

Advice and education

We can offer support to carers and family in helping with the management of MS, with regards to moving and handling issues and supporting with exercises programmes.

Exercise prescription

We can advise and support in increasing activity levels, develop formal exercise programmes, we also run weekly group exercise classes aimed at improving fitness, strength and balance. You can also find a range of exercise video’s online via the following links

https://www.mssociety.org.uk/care-and-support/everyday-living/staying-active/exercises-for-ms-symptoms

https://www.mstrust.org.uk/a-z/staying-active-ms

https://www.mstrust.org.uk/exercise-videos

Liaison with other agencies

MS can be a complex condition to manage and where needed we can refer on and work with other services such as orthotics, electrical stimulation, psychology and counselling.

 

Useful contacts


www.positiveaboutms.org

www.mssociety.org.uk

www.mstrust.org.uk

 

 

 

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