What is MS?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition that affects the brain and spinal cord. It is a lifelong condition that causes a range of side effects including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.
There is no cure for multiple sclerosis, but therapy from trained experts can support the relief of symptoms.
A substance called myelin protects the nerve fibres in the central nervous system which is the main hub of the body. The central nervous system helps to send messages from the brain to the rest of the body and back. If you have MS, then your immune system mistakes myelin for a foreign body and attacks it, leaving the nerves stripped of their protection. This damage can disrupt the flow of messages between the brain and body, causing them to slow or stop altogether.
There is no known cause of multiple sclerosis, however it is thought that a combination of genetic and environmental factors may be the source.
There are many treatment options for people with multiple sclerosis, with therapy dependent on the specific symptoms that someone might have. Some people with MS have found that they have symptoms constantly while others will experience relapses, with extended periods without any symptoms at all.
Treatment can include a combination of medication, mobility aids and physiotherapy. Physical symptoms are common and can result in mobility problems caused by muscle weakness and problems with balance or dizziness. You may also experience musculoskeletal pain which can be helped with exercise techniques from your physiotherapist.
At Flex Health, our team of experienced rehabilitators will prioritise pain management and optimal function, offering you a comprehensive rehabilitation plan which will aim to keep you as independent as possible, even when your symptoms are at their most difficult.
Your patient specific goals will detail what outcomes we hope to get from your consistent rehabilitation plan. We will recommend equipment to make your life easier at home and offer guidance on simple exercises that you will be able to do on your own in order to relieve symptoms. We will prioritise independence and functionality, so that you can carry out tasks that are essential to your quality of life.
Our aim is to keep you as active as possible, while promoting a healthy lifestyle and positive approach to rehabilitation. Your multiple sclerosis symptoms may feel unmanageable, but we feel that with our support and expertise that you will be able to feel more in control of your condition and your life.
What will my treatment involve?
Your treatment will involve a combination of manual therapy such as massage and physical therapy. This could mean using some of our equipment or practising functional movements.
What equipment will I be using?
At our facility, you will have access to the latest rehabilitation technology. This includes:
FES cycle •
Anti-gravity treadmill •
Vertimax machine •
Exercise-assisted hoist •
Do I need a referral?
At Flex Health, we will take referrals from doctors and self-referrals, so if you are interested in finding out more about how we might be able to support you then please call us on 01482 966 006.