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multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuro-physiotherapy

World MS day is on the 30th of May 2024 the aim is to raise awareness of MS by sharing stories, raising awareness and campaigning for change

Multiple Sclerosis is a condition that can present differently due to the body's degeneration of nerves in the spinal cord and brain. As a result, the transmission of signals between the brain and the rest of the body is disrupted, leading to a myriad of symptoms including fatigue, muscle weakness, numbness or tingling, mobility issues, and more.

How Physiotherapy Offers Support:

In the journey of managing MS, physiotherapy can be a huge support system both physically and mentally, as well as offering triage into other areas of expertise and support. Here's how it can make a difference:

  1. Enhancing Mobility and Function: Physiotherapists create personalised exercise programs targeting muscle strengthening, flexibility improvement, and coordination. By tailoring exercises to address specific symptoms and challenges, they empower individuals to regain control over their movements and daily activities.

  2. Managing Symptoms: Physiotherapy interventions extend beyond exercise, encompassing techniques to manage symptoms like spasticity, fatigue, and balance issues. Through stretching exercises, energy conservation strategies, and balance training, physiotherapists help individuals mitigate the impact of MS symptoms on their daily lives.

  3. Providing Education and Empowerment: Education is key in navigating life with MS. Physiotherapists equip individuals with the knowledge and tools to understand their condition better and make informed decisions about their health. From advising on lifestyle modifications to recommending mobility aids, they support individuals to maintain independence. 

While there's no direct causative link between MS and other MSK conditions individuals with MS may be more susceptible to developing musculoskeletal conditions due to factors like immobility, muscle weakness, and altered biomechanics. For example, MS can indirectly contribute to the development of frozen shoulder through factors such as:

  • Reduced physical activity leading to muscle weakness and stiffness.

  • Altered gait and posture affecting shoulder mechanics.

  • Increased susceptibility to falls or injuries impacting shoulder function.

Physiotherapists can therefore support patients with preventing further conditions that are secondary to their MS. In conclusion, MS is a multifaceted condition that requires a comprehensive approach to management, with physiotherapy playing an important role in enhancing mobility, managing symptoms, and improving overall quality of life. 

Our neuro-physios have experience in this afrea and can help you on your journey

Call us today on 020 7435 4910

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