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

Eleanor Scott

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in July 2012 at the age of 64. My balance was all over the place, my walking was very unsteady and I had no confidence. All that changed when I started having specialist physiotherapy from PhysioFunction. After a few sessions my confidence started to return and my balance and walking improved. This was due to the care, patience and dedication of my Physiotherapist. I still go every fortnight and while it can be tough, it’s well worth the effort.

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