Managing Multiple Sclerosis

Managing Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition and is the result of damage to myelin, which protects the nerve fibres of the central nervous system. According to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, over 100,000 people in the UK are living with MS.

In MS the immune system mistakes myelin for a foreign body and attacks it, like it would, an infection. This damages the myelin leaving scars known as lesions or plaques. The damage to the myelin disrupts messages travelling along nerve fibres either slowing them down, distorting messages or preventing messages from travelling along the nerve fibres altogether. There can also be some damage to the nerve fibres themselves and this causes the increase in disability that can occur over time.

Symptoms of MS can include fatigue, depression, cognitive problems, loss of sight, reduced mobility, stiffness, muscle spasms and pain. There are 4 different types of MS, which all have varying degrees of affect to the person.

There are many ways in which you can manage your MS, of which Physiotherapy is a vital part of this. As we encourage holistic management of the condition, we encourage alternative therapies such as massage, reflexology and Reiki may help to alleviate symptoms, however eating right and exercise are really important. Exercise has so many benefits – it can help you manage MS symptoms, keeps you mobile and active, reduces stiffness, improves mood and also improves muscle strength and fitness. Physiotherapy also provides the necessary equipment to achieve highest function and address the condition over a 24 hour period.

A physiotherapist works with MS suffers to assess their individual physical difficulties and help improve movement and other function. Silver Physio have therapists that are highly experienced in managing MS. Get in touch with us at Silver Physio on 020 3637 8988 or at office@silverphysio.co.uk for information on how we may be able to help you.