Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a condition which can affect the brain and/or spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.

MS is an autoimmune condition. The immune system attacks the layer that surrounds and protects the nerves, called the Myelin Sheath. This damages and scars the sheath, and potentially the underlying nerves, meaning that messages travelling along the nerves become slowed or disrupted. The causes of Immune system to behave in this manner are unclear.

Different types of MS

Relapsing-remitting MS will have episodes of new or worsening symptoms, known as “relapses”. Relapses often occur without warning, but are sometimes associated with a period of illness or stress. Periods between attacks are known as periods of “remission”.

Not everyone with relapsing remitting MS go on to develop secondary progressive MS. In this type of MS, symptoms gradually worsen over time without obvious attacks.

Primary progressive MS gradually worsen and accumulate over several years, and there are no periods of remission, though people often have periods where their condition appears to stabilise.

How can Rehab Basics help?

Rehab Basics neurological physiotherapists are able to deliver tailored rehabilitation programs.

MS can affect various areas of the body and show various symptoms. Neurological Physiotherapy in Multiple Sclerosis help improve key areas which can noticeably change a person’s day to day activities.

Common symptoms that can be improved through Neurological Physiotherapy are:

  • Hydrotherapy for general muscle spasm and spasticity
  • Stretching exercises for restricted movements.
  • Improving arm and hand function
  • Improving posture and balance
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Treatment, assessment and guidance for mobility aids, such as a walking stick, or occasionally a wheelchair
  • Improving seating posture
  • Use of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) for nerve stimulation.
  • Working with the doctors to help with prescription of medication.

Treatment Sessions are offered in clinics across Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes or at Home Environment.

For further information about our service or to book an appointment with Rehab Basics please contact us