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How PhysioFunction can help if you have Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

PhysioFunction’s highly specialised Neurological Physiotherapists, Therapy Assistants, Sports Therapists and Personal Trainers are able to deliver tailored programs for clients who have Multiple Sclerosis.

Some examples of the therapy you may receive includes:

  • Hands-on facilitation and re-education of normal movement patterns
  • Soft tissue techniques to release and mobilise tight muscles
  • Development of core and postural stability
  • Assessment and review of positional support in bed and seating
  • Strength and resistance training under guidance from Physiotherapists and our specialist Personal Trainers and Sports and Exercise Therapists
  • Aquatic Physiotherapy/Hydrotherapy can provide a supportive medium for balance and walking training whilst the water can facilitate freedom of movement and mobility of tight muscles and stiff joints.
  • Our Neurological Physiotherapists will work with you to problem solve issues at home or in the community to help you manage the day-to-day physical problems you may encounter, and to integrate exercise in your everyday environment.
  • Falls prevention- education, balance training.
  • Assessment with orthotics and body garments which can aid positioning and movement
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) – in some cases, use of Functional Electrical Stimulation for walking and cycling can provide valuable sensory feedback and external cueing to aid more fluid and natural movement patterns.
  • Use of technology such as the G Move, Lite Gait and Alter G for supportive gait and balance retraining.
  • Virtual Reality devices like MindMotion Go/ GripAble / Pablo
  • Aquatic Physiotherapy/Hydrotherapy can provide a supportive medium for balance and walking training whilst the water can facilitate freedom of movement and mobility of tight muscles and stiff joints.
  • Nutritional coaching
  • Group exercise- We are also able to offer group exercise with our multi-level Neurofit classes which are delivered via Zoom following assessment from one of our specialist Physiotherapists. Your Physiotherapist will be able to assess and determine which class may be suitable for you.
  • Referral to specialist Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language therapy services
  • Techniques for pain management

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system primarily involving inflammation, demyelination and neuronal loss. The effects of MS are varied depending on the location of the nerves affected, and the symptoms can come on rapidly or gradually over time.

The way that MS can affect person to person varies but can divided into the following four categories which can help to determine how the disease may progress over time.

Relapsing Remittent RRMS – short attacks with complete or partial return to normal.
Secondary Progressive SPMS
– this begins as RRMS but the patient will experience a steady decline in function.
Primary Progressive PPMS
- Patients experience a steady decline from the onset of symptoms.
Progressive Relapsing MS PRMS
– Patients experience a steady decline from the initial onset of symptoms but with acute attacks accelerating the progression.

Symptoms of MS are:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Increased or reduced muscle tone
  • Reduced mobility- can be due to impaired balance and Drop Foot
  • Muscle spasms
  • Ataxia
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Hypersensitivity or reduced sensation / sensory loss
  • Bladder and bowel problems
  • Speech and swallowing difficulties
  • Visual impairments
  • Cognitive impairment, depression, impaired concentration

Physiotherapy will aim to help manage the effects of muscle spasm, improve muscle strength and flexibility, pain management, improve balance and postural stability, advise on management of fatigue and optimise functional ability alongside occupational therapists eg. walking and activities of daily living.

Occupational Therapy – An OT can assist with the activities of daily living; help make adaptations and provide equipment for home and mobility. They will also support you in returning to work and leisure activities.

Medical Management – Monitors and prescribes medication for pain relief, muscle spasms, and mood.

We currently accept the following Private Medical Insurance