Multiple Sclerosis

How PhysioFunction Can Help with Multiple Sclerosis?

Neurological Physiotherapy in Multiple Sclerosis addresses a number of key areas which can dramatically change a person’s ability to do day to day activities and maximise their independence in all aspects of life, including leisure and vocational activities.

The first part of Multiple Sclerosis treatment is to improve posture. This means putting the right muscle in the right place, at the right time, so that it can work most efficiently. This is essential for balance, walking and arm and hand function.

Neurological Physiotherapy can help re-educate poor balance, even if there is no specific muscle weakness, Multiple Sclerosis can alter the way in which we move, making you feel as if you are more likely to fall.

If you have difficulties with your balance, it is likely that your walking is a challenge as well. People with Multiple Sclerosis often have problems with tripping. There are a number of reasons why walking maybe affected in Multiple Sclerosis. It may be general or specific muscle weakness. The general weakness can be addressed by various types of exercise. If it is a more specific weakness the treatment is likely to be more specialised using rehabilitation technology. The most common of these is the treatment for drop foot or a floppy foot with Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES).

Hand and limb function can also be helped with physiotherapy or some of the rehabilitation technology available at PhysioFunction.

Many people with MS suffer with muscle spasms, pain or stiffness in the muscles which we call spasticity. The physiotherapist can help reduce the problems associated with this type of altered muscle function and leg weakness. We may use a number of different treatment approaches including rehabilitation exercises, the use of splints or orthoses or working with the doctors to help with the prescription of medication.

Lastly, many people with Multiple Sclerosis suffer from fatigue. This can be the biggest limiting factor when trying to do every day activities. Fatigue is a symptom of MS, however people also get fatigued because of the extra effort they have to invest in all of their activities. Neurological Physiotherapy will work with you to help you manage the fatigue so you can save your energy for the good stuff!

From our clients

Andy Ellis

When I first visited PhysioFunction, I really did not know what to expect.

I led a very active lifestyle into my forties. However foot drop, was one of the first signs of MS. Since diagnosis I was suffering from an increasing level of foot drop. That, alongside 2 slipped discs, made walking unaided increasingly difficult.

Falls were becoming more frequent. I was not in a good place mentally, feeling an increasing disability, was my only future.

The team at PhysioFunction took me through various devices, which may help. Claire also took me through a full diagnostic review, alongside exercises that would assist.

With a FES fitted, Claire said lets go for a walk, you do not need your stick!

I walked across the training room, descended the stairs, walked across the car park to a hill.

Claire said 'let's walk over the hill, I think you can'. We did.

I felt so good. A personal achievement, alongside a blazing new hope. I felt literally drunk with joy.

The FES allowed me to walk freely. My gait was so much better and my back relaxed.  Previously the shortest of walks would hurt, I'd swing my right leg from my hip, which would jar my back. 

The mental relief was unexpected, as was the care, consideration and skill of Claire and the team.

I'm not finished yet, but I walked 4 miles, without a stick, after 5 days with the FES.

Future feels bright.

To find out more about our services or how we can help you, please contact PhysioFunction or call 0800 043 0327